Social Justice Drop in Club

The Social Justice Group, known as the Community Action Network (CAN) seeks to foster the empowerment of people living in poverty and their allies, who wish to have their voices heard, through collective organizing and action. Participants meet to discuss current events & social justice issues and to work together to create positive change within the community. This club is geared to lower income community members, but allies are also welcome.  
The Community Action Network meets at the Table on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30.  Meetings at this time focus on the issue of housing, a continuation of the Housing Outreach Campaign that CAN has been working on since January 2016. These meeting include a free healthy breakfast or lunch. The group meets at least twice a month, but does not meet every week.  Since location and times may vary due to activities and events the group is participating in, please check the Table calendar of events to find out which weeks the group is meeting.

If you are interested in more information about, or in  joining the Lanark County CAN meetings, or need transportation help to attend please contact Beth at 613-267-6428 x4.

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.