Happy City Book Club
6:30 PM18:30

Happy City Book Club

At the last meeting of Pints & Politics we had a discussion about how citizens can be advocates for better urban design to help build a happier place for all Londoners.

This is a new idea so we're going to start out by establishing a direction together and what better place than to review some of the great thinkers in this area. So on May 29th we're going to have a chat about Charles Montgomery's Happy City.

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12:00 PM12:00

From Needs to Assets: A New Approach to Community Building


In this one-hour introductory session to asset-based community development, explore a paradigm shift that will help you to better understand a new approach to working and interacting with people, that is empowering for neighbourhood residents. Rather than focusing on neighbourhood needs, we will explore the importance of neighbourhoodcapacities and assets as the essential focus of effective local community-building.

Join us with John McKnight, the founder and co-director of Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), as he dives into the basic principles and practices of an asset-based approach, and identifies key factors for implementing an ABCD strategy to create more vibrant communities. 


John McKnight, Asset-Based Community Development Institute

John McKnight is a founder and co-director of Asset-Based Community Development Institute, whose graduates -- including both Michelle and Barack Obama -- continue to have impact strengthening communities and neighbourhoods around the world. In 2013, John was awarded an Honourary Docorate from the University of Waterloo in recognition of his innovative work.

For three decades John has researched social service delivery systems, health policy, community organizations and neighbourhood policy. He is the author of The Careless Society and co-author of Building Communities from the Inside Out and The Abundant Community. John serves on the Boards of several national organizations that support neighbourhood development and he remains tireless in his recognition and championing of citizens -- and their capacity to care for one another -- as an essential resource in the work of building better communities and neighbourhoods.

Paul Born, Tamarack Institute

Paul Born is the cofounder and Co CEO of Tamarack Institute, a leader on issues of place, citizenship engagement, collective impact, and community innovation. The author of four books, including two Canadian best sellers, Born is internationally recognized for his community-building activities that have won awards from the United Nations and as a senior fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators.

Paul Born grew up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia as the son of Mennonite refugees. This in part is what made him deeply curious about and engaged in ideas that cause people to work together for the common good, work that he describes as collective altruism.

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to Dec 13

OSCO's Christmas Tree Sale!

The Old South Community Organization (OSCO) is hosting its annual Christmas Tree fundraiser from Saturday, December 2nd to Wednesday, December 13th.

All proceeds go to OSCO and the Landon Library. 


Thank you to John's valu-mart, 179 Wortley Road for providing the space!


Monday to Friday: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.  
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
We will be staying open until 6 p.m. on Dec 2nd for Christmas in the Village!

Come early for the best selection of these locally grown trees (near Bothwell).


Table-top to over 9' priced at $15 to $80.


All sales shifts are done by volunteers and we do our best to have the sales open as noted.

Shop early for the best selection. Our trees sell fast!

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5:30 PM17:30

Winter Wonderland - Lighting of the Lights

Kickoff the holiday season with the Official Opening of Victoria Park "Winter Wonderland" on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. with the lights being turned on at 6:50 p.m.

Victoria Park is lit for the holiday season with more than 75,000 lights decorating trees in the park.  There are a variety of festive displays and weather permitting, free public skating beginning December 8 and throughout the winter season daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with one-hour closing for ice resurfacing from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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7:00 PM19:00

November League Meeting + Supervised Consumption Facilities

Join League members at our regularly scheduled monthly meeting. This month we are focusing on Supervised Consumption Facilities (also known as Safe Injection Sites). Dr. Chris Mackie, Chief Medical Officer of Health will be giving a presentation, followed by a public consultation on Supervised Consumption Facilities.


In February 2017, the Ontario Integrated Supervised Injection Services Feasibility Study for London, Ontario concluded that Supervised Consumption Facilities have the potential of reducing drug overdoses, improving health and reducing the amount of healthcare resources utilized. The Middlesex London Health Unit is seeking community feedback about enhancing harm reduction services in London, Ontario. Community consultations are being organized to assist in gathering information from the community about the benefits and concerns of Supervised Consumption Facilities. This feedback will be in the form of an online survey and public meetings to be held over the month of November. An independent company, the Centre for Organizational Effectiveness, will be facilitating the community consultation process and collating the data.

Join us for this important discussion and consultation. All are welcome.

Please note that this month we will be conducting the business portion of our general meeting from 7:00-7:30pm. The public presentation and consultation part of the evening will take place from 7:30-9:00pm.

Host: Shawna Lewkowitz

Shawna is an educator and community engagement specialist who has been involved in the women’s movement, community development and anti-oppression areas for many years. She currently works on projects related to education, civic engagement, inclusion, gender equity and anti-oppression work in the community. She is the founder of Women & Politics, Part-time Professor at King’s University College, Vice-Chair of the London Diversity & Race Relations Advisory Committee at the City of London and Vice-President of the Urban League of London. Mostly she just likes hanging with great people, doing great things in community for the betterment of all.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Chris Mackie, MD, MHSc, CCFP, FRCPC

As the Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Canada’s largest independent local public health agency, Dr. Christopher Mackie leads a dynamic organization that is influential in public policy and a leader in transparency and accountability.

Dr. Mackie recently chaired the Mayor of London, Ontario’s advisory panel on poverty, which engaged citizens in generating recommendations on how to address poverty.

As a champion of harm reduction, Dr. Mackie has established support among citizens and policy-makers for London’s award-winning and life-saving Naloxone Program.

Dr. Mackie currently Chairs the Opioid Crisis Working Group for the City of London. This group includes several key partners, such as London Police Services and the LHIN, as well as harm reduction agencies in the region.

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