Social Justice Drop in Club

The months of January through March have C.A.N. in the final quarter of our Housing Outreach Campaign Phase I. We are busy looking at the data,  planning the final forum and report, reaching out to landlords, and doing follow up meetings with people we talked to in communities around Lanark County.  This means we will not be having our regular weekly drop in meetings, as we wil be focusing on these more campaign oriented tasks

If you are interested in the drop in group, please phone Beth at 613-264-6428 x4 to find out what days meetings are scheduled.

The Social Justice Club, aka C.A.N. (Community Action Network) has meetings  Wednesday mornings from 10:00- 12:00 at the Table CFC. Participants meet to take action in their communities and to discuss current events, local issues and how to create the changes they want to make happen in their lives. Come for the meeting and stay to join us for lunch at noon. This club is geared to lower income community members and their allies in the struggle to erradicate poverty in our land of plenty and inequity.

The Table CFC - Social Justice

Social Justice Initiatives

The group is very busy with many things  and the regular members are all busy with other things this week(domestic violence training, refugee outreach, orphaned children fundraising...), so we are cancelling the Oct. 21st meeting due to small numbers.  Hope to see you on the 28th.

Community Action Training brings together lower income community members and allies with lived experience to take action on issues of poverty and other social, political, environmental and economic injustices. It builds the capacity of community members to become effective change-makers through individual coaching and group workshops.

Learn to navigate the system and to advocate for yourself and others. This 12 week workshop will provide you with the tools to build confidence and community. Topics covered include:

  • Community Resources
  • Advocacy for Everyone
  • Introduction to Nonviolent Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Justice in our Communities
  • Self-care

This group is open to lower income community members only. Participants will a receive gift card for groceries for each session they attend. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to become Peer Advocates in the Community Advocacy Office.

For more information or to register please contact Beth Schilling at 613- 267-6428 ext. 4 or

Please join us on October 5th to remember and honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.  Lynn Gehl will be speaking to the issues of Indigenous women as she perceives and experiences them from her positons as an Ottawa River Valley Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe woman, historian and scholar.  We will be gather in the garden behind the Table at 6pm after the Monday meal for a  memorial vigil and honouring gathering.




This film is part of an ongoing project to document the rise of a new movement – calling not for more economic growth, but LESS. The degrowth movement, or "mouvement por le decroissance", argues that through a voluntary reduction of the economy we can work less, consume less and live better, fuller lives.

Many have been pointing out that our current economic system is leading us to an environmental
and social catastrophe. "Life After Growth" begins to point to the people and communities who are looking for ways out. These are the pioneers who are rethinking the role of economics in our lives, and are engaging in different types of economic activity, right now.

Voter turnout in the most recent Federal election was 61.1% of registered voters, the third lowest in Canadian history and only just above the lowest turnout of 58.8% in 2008.  Low voter turnout has been called a serious threat to our democracy, in part because some demographics are much less likely to vote than others.

Younger people, for example, are much less likely to vote than middle aged people. Those who are unemployed, people with less formal education, new Canadians, Aboriginal peoples and those who rent their home versus homeowners are all less likely to vote. While the causes of low turnout are complex two explanations are that people who don’t vote are unfamiliar with how the whole process works, and that we are losing the culture of participation among parts of the population.

In an effort to demystify voting for people who have never gone out to the polls and to promote the concept of democratic participation, The Table Community Food Centre will be hosting a series of Vote Pop-ups at the Centre and at other sites around Perth. While best known for its food access and food skills programs, an important part of the Table’s work is to support community engagement and empowerment, with a view to achieving systemic changes that ultimately reduce or even eliminate the need for services like food banks.

Working with Samara Canada, a charity dedicated to reconnecting citizens to politics, The Table will be setting up mock polling stations featuring everything you would find at a real polling station including official ballot boxes. All of the materials for these polling stations have been supplied by Elections Canada. Volunteers working at the Vote Pop-ups will be assisting community members through the entire voting process from checking to see if they are registered to vote to handing them a ballot to cast. On the ballot will be a poignant question for people to consider. Once participants have cast their vote they will be invited to create their own button completing the sentence ‘I am voting because _____’.  Results of the vote will be posted on The Table’s website and Facebook page.

This first Vote pop-up is happening at The Table, 190 Gore St. East, on Wednesday August 12th from 4 – 6pm, look for the polling station set up on the front lawn. Even if you are an experienced voter you are welcome to stop by and make sure you are registered to vote this fall, find out what forms of identification are accepted at polling stations, learn more about the advanced polls and make a button!

So, just what will be on the ballot at this vote pop-up? You’ll have to come out to find out.