MPACS Bulletin September 29 – October 13

September 29 – October 13



  • Thursday Peace Talk: On Iran, a welcome—and necessary—nuclear deal
  • Minka at St. Jeromes
  • The MPACS Society – Community Gathering and Potluck
  • Local Candidate Debate with Meet and Greet
  • The Illegal: A Meditation on Refugee Issues


  • Researcher &Policy Analyst – Social Planning Toronto



Thursday Peace Talks

On Iran, a welcome—and necessary—nuclear deal

When: Thursday, October 1st at 12:10pm (noon)

Location: Room 4224 at Conrad Grebel University College

When: Thursday, October 1st at 12:10pm (noon)   

Speakers Bio: Cesar Jaramillo is executive director of Project Ploughshares. His areas of expertise include nuclear disarmament, outer space security and conventional weapons control. As an international civil society representative, Cesar has addressed, among others, the UN General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security), the UN Conference on Disarmament, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), and states parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). He has also given guest lectures and presentations at academic institutions such as the National Law University in New Delhi, the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and the University of Toronto. An occasional columnist on matters of disarmament and international security, Cesar graduated from the University of Waterloo with an MA in global governance and has bachelor’s degrees in honours political science and in journalism. Prior to joining Project Ploughshares, Cesar held a fellowship at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Brief description: Despite inevitable uncertainties and knee-jerk skepticism, the deal struck between Iran and the P5+1 constitutes a welcome diplomatic development. While implementation of the JCPOA is fraught with risk and uncertainty, most initial analyses concur that the agreement is solid. Not only will it serve to gradually defuse the stalemate over the Iranian nuclear program, it will lay a strong foundation for normalized relations between the Islamic Republic and the West. The negotiation process itself represented a rare example of rapprochement between serious adversaries, which may yield ancillary benefits as the P5+1 and Iran work to overcome a history of mutual transgressions and utter mistrust.


When: Friday, October 2nd @ 8:00am—5:00pm

Location: St. Jeromes  

What is a Minka?

Minka is a Quechua word that represents the tradition of collective work on a project that benefits an entire community. It is a call to action where community members work side-by-side, bringing the expertise they have from their daily lives and placing it alongside the expertise of another. It is a culminating event where, in solidarity, people are empowered to create changes that have last-ing impact on the lives they build together. During a Minka, the needs of the community are placed over the needs of the individual; everything stops when someone calls a Minka.

On October 2nd, 2015, we’re creating an opportunity where all of our community members can put their daily tasks aside and come together to learn, grow, and work towards a common pur-pose. It will be an opportunity to collaborate with members in our local and international communi-ties while focusing on the social justice themes that connect us all. This year’s theme will be the Power of Community in Action.

The Power of Community in Action

Our Minka will be an opportunity to collaborate with members in our local and international com-munities on projects with social justice themes; themes that connect us all. This year’s theme will be the Power of Community in Action. We are bringing people together to share their sto-ries on how community plays a powerful role in addressing social justice causes around the world. Be a Minkee We’re looking for a dynamic group of community members to join us in our Minka this October 2nd, 2015. Whether you are a student, a professional, a service provider, a service user, a profes-sor, a teacher, an activist or something else—we want to see your unique standpoint in, and pas-sion for social justice. If you’re prepared to bring your stories, experiences and a willingness to share, listen and learn—we’d love to learn alongside you!

For registration please visit:

Registration will be $10 and a canned food donation for the food bank. Fees will be required after registration has been submitted to the Minka.

Volunteer at the Minka If you are interested in volunteering at the Minka, please send us an email at

For more information please visit or email


The MPACS Society : Community Gathering and Potluck

When:  Friday, October 2nd @ 12:00 to 4:00pm

Where: Laurel Creek Conservation Area 625 Westmount Road North, #201 Group Campsite (please drive in, pay, pick up map, park at campsite)

Cost: $5. 75 per person


  • Potluck at 12:30 (snacks, desserts, salads, drinks)
  • Campfire (hot dogs – veggie and halal options, and smokes provided)
  • Hiking – 4.5 km of trail
  • Beach – 5 min bike ride
  • Welcome to bring instruments

Please RSVP by September 30th. For any questions, further information, or if you get lost, you can contact Aly at Hope to see you there!


When: October 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Location: SLC Great hall

Local candidate debate in the SLC Great Hall from 1pm – 3pm followed by a meet and greet with the local candidates from 3pm-4pm in the Bombshelter Pub.

The Illegal: A Meditation on Refugee Issues
When: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 6C2, Canada

Lawrence Hill speaks about his newest novel The Illegal, including the writing process and his inspiration for the writing about the life of an elite marathoner who has fled violence in his homeland and gone into hiding as an undocumented refugee in a rich nation where he is not wanted.

This event is sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.  A reception and book signing will follow this lecture in the CIGI Campus Foyer.

Lawrence Hill is an award-winning Canadian author and screenwriter. His 2007 novel ‘The Book of Negroes’ (also published as ‘Someone Knows My Name’ and ‘Aminata’) won a number of awards, including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. He co-wrote a six-part television miniseries based on ‘The Book of Negroes’ with director Clement Virgo, which aired in early 2015 , and his fourth novel, ‘The Illegal’, will be published in September 2015

Register online at:


Researcher &Policy Analyst position – Social Planning Toronto

Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit community organization committed to independent
social planning at the local and city-wide levels. We work to improve the quality of life for all people in Toronto through community capacity building, community education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting.

Social Planning Toronto is looking for a permanent full time researcher & policy analyst (35 hours per week).

The general responsibilities of the position are to conduct community-based, action-oriented research on a variety of social issues. This research supports and promotes community mobilization on social issues. Other responsibilities include analyzing public policy as it affects Toronto, and develop social reports in order to inform policy positions and strategies on major social issues affecting Toronto and its local communities.

The policy work of SPT involves the analysis, synthesis, and interpretation of government policy and legislation, particularly at the municipal level. This position requires a candidate who can provide research and analysis for SPT’s public education/human development policy portfolio.

Key skills required:

  • Strong writing skills and effective communication skills, including the ability to produce clear language reports
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Data analysis skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with diverse communities

Qualifications required:

  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience in education/human development field
  • At least 3 years experience as a researcher
  • Experience with both primary and secondary research
  • Experience designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research projects, including survey and questionnaire design; focus group design, in a community-based setting
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working under pressure and to deadline
  • Some familiarity with the roles and functions of the different orders of government
  • Experience with community-based research
  • Awareness of and commitment to equity issues
  • Understanding of the non-profit sector
  • Knowledge and experience with standard statistical and/or qualitative research software (such as SPSS, SAS, NVivo)
  • A command of a second or third language would be an asset
  • Public education policy experience would be an asset
  • Experience using mapping software (such as ArcGIS) and conducting spatial analysis would be an asset

SPT is committed to employment equity, and welcomes applicants from the full diversity of the community.

The successful candidate will become a CUPE 1777 member.

Salary range $44,655 to $61,204 plus benefits.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and covering letter outlining how they meet the above criteria.

Maria Serrano
Director of Operations
Social Planning Toronto
1001-2 Carlton Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3
Fax: (416) 351-0107

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a shout!
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Maia Fujimoto
PACS Communications Assistant
Our mailing address is:

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