Anti-Consumerism Week 2020
 

Hi everyone,

Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting closure of Concordia University until Monday, March 30th, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s edition of Anti-Consumerism Week, including all workshops and related activities. If you have registered for any events, you will be receiving an email soon.

We know this is very disappointing news (it is for us as well), and we recognize that this situation can be very stressful and uncertain in many ways. We hope that you all stay safe, stay informed, and if you are able to, to reach out to those in your community that may be in need. We encourage you all to spend the next 2 weeks practicing anti-consumerism: play, craft, connect, and imagine how to create and cultivate a world outside of the capitalist structures that we live in.

For any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: campaigns@csu.qc.ca

Every Weekday

★ People’s Potato Lunch
12:30pm – 1:30pm | Hall 7th Floor

People’s Potato is a free vegan soup kitchen run out of Hall Building. The project was initiated in 1999 in order to address student poverty, and the kitchen emphasizes serving well cooked and wholesome foods!

★ The Hive Free Lunch
12:30pm – 1:30pm | SC-200 (Hive Café Loyola)

A free vegan/vegetarian lunch, run with the help of CSU funding. Managed by The Hive staff and countless dedicated volunteers, the Free Lunch provides healthy, sustainable, and balanced meals to over 230 students every weekday during the school year.

 

Monday, March 23rd

★ Macrame and Beeswax
4pm – 6pm | CSU Large Lounge (Hall 7th Floor)

Hang more plants and conserve more food! Learn how to make macrame for hanging your house plants and make some beeswax wrap to keep your food fresh.

★ Save Money: Refuse your Rent Increase
12pm – 1pm | HOJO

Refuse an increase, keep your rent! Did you get a notice of rent increase from your landlord this year? Do you feel awkward about refusing it? Why not come to our workshop and learn about your right to refuse the proposed rent increase *and* stay in your apartment!

★ Incense making – FULL CAPACITY!
5pm – 7pm | Greenhouse

Burn your own Incense! In this hands-on workshop, we will look at how to combine slow burning mushrooms with aromatic herbs to create our own blends of incense.

 

 

Tuesday, March 24th

★ How to feed yourself when you are poor and mentally ill
5pm – 7pm | Greenhouse

Eat, breathe, survive!

 

 

Wednesday, March 25th

★ Immune system 101 – Limited space, register now!
2pm – 4pm | Art Hive

Take care of yourself all year long! We will look at what the immune system is, in both scientific and holistic perspectives. The symptoms of under and overactive immune responses – what could happen, how can we strengthen/recover/take care of it. We will also be sharing some immune and autoimmune related issues and how to manage it with food and from TCM perspectives. Participants will be making some fermented garlics with honey and other optional spices/herbs to take home with them.

★ DIY Sustainable Cleaning – Limited space, register now!
6pm – 8pm | Frigo Vert

Make clean green! There are so many different commercial cleaning products these days, filled with toxic chemicals and wrapped in plastic packaging. Make the simple switch with this DIY workshop that will provide you with all you need for a sparkling clean home!

★ Art Therapy
5pm – 7pm | Art Hive

Make Art Not War! Art-based approaches to healing foster non-verbal modes of communication to express emotional difficulties and diverse life-world experiences in ways that spoken language cannot. Art therapists assist individuals and groups of people in exploring forms in which visual imagery can nurture significant insights related to the psychological issues they may face and develop new ways of understanding self and others..

★ Bake it Yourself!
4pm – 6pm | People’s Potato

Let’s get that bread! Learn how to make a staple food and reflect on how our food choices can promote anti-consumerism and resilience. Involves gluten.

★ Repair your Bike 101
4pm – 6pm | The Loyola Hive Cafe

Reduce your carbon emissions, bike more! Learn about the anatomy & physiology of the bicycle, become familiar with how parts work, and perform basic operations (fixing flats, adjusting brakes and rear derailleurs, and bike diagnostic and troubleshooting training).

 

 

Thursday, March 26th

★ Yoga Class
5pm – 6pm |  Le Gym

Breath, Flow, Meditate! Join Jenn Addison, a 200-hour trained yoga teacher from Washington, DC., for an hour of mindful movement, breath work, and meditation. Designed to let you be in complete control of your own practice, this class will give you the opportunity to slow down, reconnect with your body and breath, and quiet your mind. We’ll flow through a variety of movements including traditional Sun Salutations, standing poses, seated poses, etc., and options for how to modify each pose according to your body, energy level, etc.,will be given. We’ll close with a few minutes of meditation.

 

 

FRIDAY, March 27th

★ Dumpster Diving: Theory
3:30pm – 5pm | CSU Lounge

★ Dumpster Diving: Practice
5pm – 7pm | CSU Lounge

Food waste, not in good taste! Interested in dumpster diving but not sure where to start? Wondering about the environmental and social aspects of food security and food waste? Join us for a hands on, informative workshop. Let’s talk about food system alternatives, your neighbourhood dumpsters, and how to make HUGE POTS OF SOUP. Let’s think about food waste in a different light.

★ Intro to Fermentation
4pm – 6pm | People’s Potato

Fermentation 101! Over 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates said ‘let food be thy medicine’. As scientific research is starting to show today, looking after the gut biome is key to good health. Fermented foods traditionally played a very large role in our diets and still do today. From boosting the immune system to reducing occurrences of depression, live probiotic fermented foods offer an array of health benefits for any age.

Accessibility Information

Greenhouse:

Directions: To get there, take the elevators (located in the back right corner of the first floor), or the escalators to the 12th floor, and then follow the Greenhouse signs to stairwell #1285 and take the stairs to the 13th floor. Signs in the hallways will direct you towards the stairwell that accesses the greenhouse on the 13th floor. There are two sets of 11 stairs to reach our space, with a small landing halfway. There is no toilet in the greenhouse, nearest bathrooms are located on the 12th ***Please note the Greenhouse is wheelchair accessible upon request when the freight elevators are functioning. Please contact us in advance of your visit at: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5134

CSU Lounge:

Located on the 7th floor of the Hall building at the downtown campus of Concordia University  (1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest). The nearest metro station is Guy Concordia (Guy exit). In the metro there are 2 sets of escalators between the platform and street level and no elevator.  The closest bus lines include the 15, 24, 57, 66, 165 and 166. The shuttle bus from Loyola drops off on Sherbrooke in front of the Hall building. The entrance into the Hall building is step-free with button-operated automated doors from the Sherbrooke and Bishop entrances. There are escalators and an elevator to the 7th floor. Note that it is likely that one or more of the escalators between the ground floor and 7th floor is non-functional on any given day. At the top of the 7th floor escalator is a glass double-door which is heavy and non-automated.

People’s Potato:

The kitchen is located on the 7th floor of the Hall building at the downtown campus of Concordia University  (1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest). The nearest metro station is Guy Concordia (Guy exit). In the metro there are 2 sets of escalators between the platform and street level and no elevator.  The closest bus lines include the 15, 24, 57, 66, 165 and 166. The shuttle bus from Loyola drops off on Sherbrooke in front of the Hall building. The entrance into the Hall building is step-free with button-operated automated doors from the Sherbrooke and Bishop entrances. There are escalators and an elevator to the 7th floor. Note that it is likely that one or more of the escalators between the ground floor and 7th floor is non-functional on any given day. At the top of the 7th floor escalator is a glass double-door which is heavy and non-automated.

In the kitchen: The kitchen is a step-free space. The door into the kitchen is kept open during regular hours. Kitchen counters are  36 inches high There is a table available for wheelchair users and anyone who needs or prefers to sit. The chairs in the kitchen are mostly non-folding chairs with backrests and no armrests. The hand-washing sink is  34 inches high and the soap pump is 48 inches high. The floors in the kitchen are smooth, painted cement with strips of grip tape in areas that are sometimes slippery. We have some adapted kitchen tools available such as  “mezzaluna” rocking knives. We are always open to suggestions for other adapted equipment we could purchase that would be beneficial to our volunteers.

Frigo Vert:

Le Frigo Vert is wheelchair accessible including the gender-neutral bathroom.

Art Hive

The fifth floor of the EV building is accessible by two elevators from the ground floor; the elevator by the entrance near Mackay is closest to the Art Hive. The space contains long wooden tables and benches that will be oriented for an open floor space. There are a number of accessible washrooms on the same floor. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any other accessibility questions or requests!

 


 

We are working to make all of our events as safe and accessible as possible. However, we are still learning. Please, if there’s anything you need to make your experience at this event better/safer/accessible, send us an email at: campaigns@csu.qc.ca and we will do our best to meet your needs.