Upcoming Radical Events in Ottawa

Radical Events Ottawa Listings: Monday, June 5 – Sunday, June 11, 2023

This is the most recent compilation from the Radical Events Ottawa (REO) List. The REO List is a public announcement list for radical events, meetings, protests, and other activities in Ottawa, Ontario, on unceded Algonquin territory. The Punch Up Collective collects submissions and produces this curated weekly compilation of upcoming activities.

Due to COVID-19, we’ve expanded the list of events we would typically include to feature more online activities and actions, including some that are not specific solely to the Ottawa area.

Would you like to see your event included in the next REO list? Event listings are posted on our website and emailed out every Monday morning. You can submit an event by emailing us at punchup@riseup.net no later than the Friday before! Find out more about our submission guidelines and how to subscribe or unsubscribe here.


  1. RENEWABLE POWER FOR ALL – Rally! – June 5, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
  2. Drown out hate! Defend trans kids – June 9, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
  3. Monthly Community Activist Gathering – June 14, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  4. Tenant Rights Council – Municipal Housing Campaign Launch – June 17, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  5. Book Launch: Gendered Islamophobia by Monia Mazigh – June 20, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


Monday, June 5, 2023 @ 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at Parliament Hill

Join us at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 5th, 12pm ET, to hear from powerful movement leaders, help us deliver the names of tens of thousands of people across the country who want this government to unleash the renewable energy revolution. Bring your own visuals, and take in beautiful movement art that brings to life our vision of a future beyond fossil fuels. Here’s the speakers list so far:

  • Stephen Thomas, Clean Energy Manager, David Suzuki Foundation
  • Dara Wawatie-Chabot, Just Transition Researcher, Iron & Earth from Algonquin Nation
  • Olivia Onuk – spoken word artist from Art for Climate Justice
  • Dylan Trebels, Founding Member of Electrify 613

The David Suzuki Foundation is joining forces with Atlantic Canada’s Ecology Action Center, Electrify 613, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Climate Justice Ottawa, Environmental Defence, 350 Canada, CUPE/ Green Economy Network and other organizations and grassroots allies. Be there with us to fight for the future our communities deserve.




ÉNERGIE RENOUVELABLE POUR TOUS.TES Un rallye supportant 100% d’électricité propre d’ici 2035.

Rejoignez-nous sur la Colline parlementaire à Ottawa le 5 juin de 12h00 à 13h30, afin d’entendre les puissant.e.s leaders du mouvement, admirer les magnifiques œuvres d’art du mouvement qui donnent vie à notre vision d’un avenir sans combustible fossile, et pour nous aider à transmettre les noms des dizaines de milliers de personnes à travers le pays qui veulent que notre gouvernement libère le pouvoir d’une électricité 100% renouvelable, abordable et fiable d’ici 2035. Parmi les intervenant.e.s, notons :

  • Stephen Thomas, responsable de l’électricité propre à la Fondation David Suzuki
  • Dara Wawatie Chabot, jeune membre de la nation algonquine, Iron & Earth
  • Olivia Onuk, organisatrice communautaire et artiste de Art for Climate Justice
  • Dylan Trebels, conseiller en énergie et cofondateur d’Electrify 613
  • D’autres intervenant.e.s seront annoncé.e.s prochainement!

La Fondation David Suzuki s’associe à l’Atlantic Canada’s Ecology Action Centre, au New Brunswick Environmental Network, à Electrify 613, à l’Association canadienne des médecins pour l’environnement, à Environmental Defence, à 350 Canada, à Iron & Earth, au Green Economy Network, à Leadnow, au Conseil des Canadiens, à For Our Kids Ottawa/Gatineau, ainsi qu’à d’autres organisations et allié.e.s. Soyez des nôtres pour agir en faveur d’un avenir sans combustible fossile!



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2. Drown out hate! Defend trans kids
Friday, June 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am to 3:30 pm at Broadview and Wellesley

Anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate group Save Canada has partnered with celebrity anti-trans activist “Billboard Chris” Elston for a rally and march in front of our schools on June 9th. They plan to meet at Broadview and Carling at 11:00 am, and then march up Broadview to spread anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate in front of three schools on Broadview (Notre Dame High School, Broadview Public School, and Nepean High School).

“Billboard Chris” is a notorious anti-trans activist who travels around North America to spread hate and instigate conflict at queer events, and who participated in the convoy occupation of Ottawa. Save Canada are a Diagolon-affiliated far-right youth group which has marched with neo-Nazis outside of schools and drag storytime events across Ontario. Their main spokesperson, Josh Alexander, is a high school student from Renfrew who was expelled for bullying transgender students.

Fortunately, we have a secret weapon – the power of community. In 2021, Billboard Chris was chased out of town by 2SLGBTQIA+ folks and allies. This past February, Save Canada partnered with our local far right and convoy remnants to shut down a drag storytime event at the National Arts Centre, where they failed miserably as 300 community members showed up to protect the event.

While we can not be complacent, Ottawa has learned over the past two years that if we mobilize effectively, we can defeat the far right. As such, we are supporting local parents and community members in their plans to oppose these far-right anti-2SLGBTQIA+ instigators.

Show up early, and bring signs, flags, banners, and noisemakers to drown out their hate. Drown out hate! Defend trans kids! June 9th, 10:00 am Broadview and Wellesley (one block north of Carling)

IMPORTANT: The main tactics of Save Canada and Billboard Chris are to provoke conflict and get physically aggressive with counter-protesters, then portray themselves as the victims in an effort to either raise their profile and create content or attempt to get counter-protesters arrested. They also may attempt to doxx and harass those who oppose their hateful agenda. By taking some precautions, we can keep each other safe while facing down far right instigators.

  • Do not give interviews to far right media outlets or “independent journalists”
  • Don’t debate far-right trolls. Drown them out with chants and noise! Especially if they are filming or livestreaming and looking for content.
  • Do not film supporters without their permission, and do not livestream. Do film the far right, fake journalists, and the police in order to protect yourself and your friends.
  • Protect your identity. Mask up, and use signs, flags, umbrellas, etc., to protect yourself from being photographed by far right activists or fake news outlets.
  • Do not talk to the police
  • Maintain situational awareness, and watch each others’ backs
  • Try to arrive and leave as a group
  • Check the weather, drive safely and dress appropriately! Give yourself plenty of time to arrive!

For more information on how to keep yourself and your friends safe, visit the Safety Plan section of our website. For more information, or if you would like to support and help out with this action, contact the main organizers at broadviewlove@gmail.com or contact us at communitysolidarityottawa@gmail.com

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3. Monthly Community Activist Gathering
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Amnesty International Ottawa Office

Members from all local AI groups (AI 56, AI Francophone, AI UOttawa, fieldworkers, AI HQ staff) and members of the general public are invited to attend a monthly community gathering to plan and organize activism campaigns in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. If you would like to join virtually, please email amnestyottawagatineau@gmail.com

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4. Tenant Rights Council – Municipal Housing Campaign Launch
Saturday, June 17, 2023 @ 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Centretown United Church

Worried about high rent? Sick of slumlords? Want to fight back against the destruction of affordable housing?

JOIN US at the Tenant Rights Council for the launch of Ottawa ACORN’s updated municipal housing campaign! We have made great progress in past years with housing demands, but landlords and developers are still pushing back. While costs of living continue to rise and developers keep demolishing affordable housing, it is becoming clear: the fight is far from over.

The overwhelming majority of city councilors are homeowners, and yet they are the ones making decisions on issues impacting tenants. However, renters deserve to be heard and have their concerns addressed! That’s why we are organizing the Tenant Rights Council, an event run by and for Ottawa renters based on ACORN members’ most urgent priorities from across the city. Come take action with your neighbours on June 17th to cast your vote at the Tenant Rights Council and help Ottawa achieve as much positive change as we can!

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5. Book Launch: Gendered Islamophobia by Monia Mazigh
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 @ 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Abbotsford House

Join us for a special book launch event as Monia Mazigh presents her new book, Gendered Islamophobia: My Journey With a Scar(f), in conversation with Adrian Harewood.

Date: Tuesday June 20, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Abbotsford House, 950 Bank St, Ottawa

Purchase Gendered Islamophobia This passionate book describes the author’s struggles as a hijab-wearing Muslim immigrant woman in Canada, and the harmful stereotypes she has encountered in the streets and public spaces, in universities, and in the media.

Monia Mazigh was born and raised in Tunisia and immigrated to Canada in 1991. She speaks Arabic, French, and English fluently and holds a doctorate in finance. Monia was catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband, Maher Arar, was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge for over a year. She campaigned vigorously for her husband’s release and later fought to re-establish his reputation and sought reparations. Her book, Hope and Despair, details the account of the family’s ordeal. She is also the author of two novels, Mirrors and Mirages, and Hope Has Two Daughters. Another novel, Farida, is forthcoming. She lives in Ottawa.

Adrian Harewood has been a journalist for over a quarter century. He was the anchor of CBC Ottawa News at Six for 13 years, and previously hosted CBC Ottawa’s radio show All in a Day for 3 years. Harewood joined Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in 2021, where he created the school’s first-ever course focused on race, a graduate seminar called Journalism, Race and Diversity. He also created the first course in Canada devoted to the study of the History of Black Canadian Journalism.

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