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  • canada reads text beside CBC logo

    Tuesdays, Mar 05, 2024 - Mar 07, 2024
    10:00am
    60 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Each day from Monday, March 4 to Thursday, March 7 at 10 am, the Main Branch of OPL will be screening the Canada Reads debates live on CBC Books.

    The event will take place in Room 117 on the first floor from Monday to Wednesday and in the auditorium in the basement on Thursday.  

    2024 contenders:

    Athlete and CBC Sports contributor Dallas Soonias champions Bad Cree by Jessica Johns

    Former Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi champions Denison Avenue by Christina Wong & Daniel Innes

    Fashion influencer Mirian Njoh champions Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune

    Actor Kudakwashe Rutendo champions Shut Up You're Pretty by Téa Mutonji

    Author Heather O'Neill champions The Future by Catherine Leroux, translated by Susan Ouriou

    For more information about the books and their champions, click here.

  • Books

    Tuesdays, Mar 19, 2024 - Jun 18, 2024
    10:00am
    90 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Club de lecture RD 

    La succursale Ruth E. Dickinson invite les francophones et francophiles de Barrhaven à se joindre au nouveau Club de lecture RD.  Participez à nos rencontres sociales et discutez de livres de langue française.  Profitez aussi de présentations de nouvelles oeuvres, auteurs et des services disponibles aux lecteurs francophones et francophiles de la BPO. ​

    Les 3e mardis du mois de 10 h à 11 h.

    le 30 janvier, 2024 - Coup de coeur et choix de lecture.

    le 20 février, 2024 - Ru par Kim Thuy et Paul a un travail d'été par Michel Rabagliati

    le 19 mars, 2024 - Passion Simple par Annie Ernaux

    le 23 avril, 2024 - Titre à venir

    le 21 mai, 2024 - Titre à venir

    le 18 juin, 2024 - Titre à venir

  • Saturday Mar 23, 2024 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Discover the mysterious continent of Africa with Rachel Lalonde with CAA Orleans. From the Mediterranean Sea to the wild savanna, Rachel will be your guide through the hottest new travel trends, essential flight information, and must-know documentation details.

    Open to all who love to travel (or just dream of it!)

    Register Online

  • Thursday Mar 28, 2024 at 10:30am
    60 minutes

    Blackburn Hamlet - Social Hour

    Happening on the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 am. Join your neighbors and have a chat over a coffee or a crossword. Bring your own mug!

    Next Event Date: Thursday, March 28th, 2024 from 10:30 to 11:30 am

    Heure Sociale - Blackburn Hamlet 

    Se tient le dernier jeudi du mois à 10h30. Venez rencontrer et discuter avec vos voisins autour d'un café ou des mots croisés. Apportez votre propre tasse!

    Prochaine rencontre:  le jeudi 28 Mars 2024 de 10h30 à 11h30

  • Wednesdays, Apr 03, 2024 - May 08, 2024
    6:30pm
    90 minutes

    6 sessions remaining

    2024 will be one of the most consequential years in the history of democracy. Elections have been or will be held in many countries ranging in size and power from El Salvador to India. The decisions of voters will determine whether the worldwide growth in authoritarianism over the past twenty years will continue or democracy will begin to make a comeback.

    The US Presidential and Congressional elections on Tuesday November 5 stand out as an especially critical democratic moment for two reasons: first because they will be a supreme test of American democracy; and second because they will send a powerful message to the rest of the world, including the dictatorships and wannabe dictatorships.

    The group will discuss the background and issues of Democracy on Trial and week by week follow the important democratic events and developments of 2024.

    Mr. Robert Miller will lead the discussion. He is the author of Canada and Democratic Development and, prior to his retirement, served as President and CEO of the Parliamentary Centre, Canada’s leading institution promoting and supporting international democratic development.

    Registration recommended.   

  • picture of living room with text for advance care planning workshop

    Thursday Apr 11, 2024 at 5:30pm
    90 minutes

    Advance Care Planning is a workshop about making choices about how you would like to be cared for in the future, at a time when you are not able to speak for yourself. How to prepare an Advance Directive and choose a Power of Attorney for Personal Care are discussed. Materials include worksheets to identify and articulate one's beliefs about end of life care and choices around planning your own health care. Discussion will include how to talk to your loved ones about your health care wishes in the event of illness and unexpected physical events. Presented by Dying With Dignity Canada (Ottawa Chapter)

  • Monday Apr 22, 2024 at 1:00pm
    120 minutes

    Participants will consider the potential for disasters including winter storms, heat waves, power outages, floods, pandemics, and more, as well as the risks for seniors, and how to prepare themselves to be ready when emergencies occur.