Events

Here are the great events that took place across the country for Media Literacy Week 2019.
To get involved in our 2020 activities, please contact
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#GlobalEdSsChat October 2019: #BreakTheFake
K-12 Tweet and Talk: Tuesday, October 8, 2019  1:00 pm EDT
K-12 Slow Chat: All month long!
Each month K-12 students around the world meet to discuss topics related to social justice, character, and citizenship. This Media Literacy Week, join @GlobalEdSsChat in a #BreaktheFake chat about “fake” news.
More information here


Livestream: Break the Fake: Finding truth in a world of “fake news”
Presented by MediaSmarts
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 — 6:30 pm EST
Join Timothy Caulfield, author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?Ramona Pringle, Associate Professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University, Matthew Johnson, Director of Education at MediaSmarts and host Jayme Poisson from the CBC podcast Front Burner, for a lively discussion on one of today’s most important issues: the spread of online misinformation. We all have a part to play in tackling “fake news.” At this livestreamed Media Literacy Week event you’ll hear why MediaSmarts is encouraging Canadians to Break the Fake by checking whether information is true before sharing it and learn ways of coping in today’s increasingly complex media environment.
Watch the livestream on October 8th at 6:30 pm EST here


Livestream: Break the Fake Workshop hosted by MediaSmarts
Thursday, October 10, 2019  1:15 pm EST
Can’t attend a Break the Fake workshop in person? Join us on YouTube for this special livestreamed event facilitated by MediaSmarts’ Director of Education, Matthew Johnson

Participants will learn four quick, simple steps to fact-check anything they see online to be sure of information that’s reliable and debunk it if it isn’t.This presentation is suitable for adults and students in grade six and up.
Watch here

You Can’t Get a Degree from “Google University”: Critically Evaluating Internet Sources
Thursday, October 10, 2019
This workshop from Athabasca University Library will teach you how to evaluate internet resources through a combination of instruction and interactive web-based activities.
Watch the webinar recording here and download the workshop PowerPoint here


Youth, Democracy, and Disinformation presented by Simon Fraser University’s Strengthening Canadian Democracy Initiative
Friday, October 11, 2019  9:00 am PST | 12:00 pm EST
Join Dr. Jennifer Wolowic and Dr. Daniel Savas in a discussion about findings related to young adults and democracy from SFU’s Strengthening Canadian Democracy opinion poll completed this summer. This webinar will focus on what the young adults had to say and where their opinions and experiences may differ from older Canadians. It will also offer some practical advice and tools to share with youth to help them “break the fake” themselves.
Register here


Cybersafety and supporting youth in our digital world
Wednesday, October 16, 2019  1:15 pm EST
This free, one-hour webinar is open to the public, providing parents and adults insight on living and parenting in a digital society, screen time, sexting, cyberbullying, and more. Presented by Nimmi Kanji, Director of TELUS Wise.
Register here


ALBERTA

Calgary

Media Wise Youth- Increase Your Digital Knowledge
Friday, October 11, 2019  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Genesis Centre - Building Youth Connections, 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE, Calgary, AB 
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is hosting a FREE afternoon workshop for youth ages 12-24 to explore their role in this year’s election and learn more about the impacts of the internet on elections and politics. Come practice critical thinking skills, engage in fun and informative activities, learn how you can impact your world.Topics covered willl be bots and trolls, political targeting and polarization, misinformation and disinformation.
Learn more and register here


Lac La Biche

Break the Fake Workshop - Lac La Biche County Libraries
Thursday, October 10, 2019  6:30 pm
Stuart MacPherson Public Library Wild Rose Room
Lac La Biche, AB
Participants will learn four quick, simple steps to fact-check anything they see online to be sure of information that’s reliable and debunk it if it isn’t. This presentation is suitable for adults and students in grade six and up. Registration for this free session is not required.
More information here


BRITISH COLUMBIA

North Vancouver

Break the Fake: how to tell what’s true online
Thursday, October 10, 2019  3:30 pm
North Vancouver City Library, 120 West 14th Street, North Vancouver, BC

In celebration of Media Literacy Week, we invite Teens grades 8-12 to join us for a fun workshop designed to help you spot fake content online. In this workshop participants learn four quick, simple steps to fact-check anything they see online.
More information here

Revelstoke

Break the Fake
Thursday, October 10, 2019  12:00 pm
Revelstoke Library, 605 Campbell Avenue, Revelstoke, BC

Join the Screen Smart Coordinator for a 1hr lunch and learn workshop. Bring a bagged lunch and learn the 4 steps to checking if something you read is real or false.
More information here


MANITOBA

Winnipeg

Spotting Fake News: A Guide and Discussion
Monday, October 7, 2019  7:00 to 8:00 pm
Fort Garry Library, 1360 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg, MB

The topic of fake news is as old as the news industry itself - misinformation, hoaxes, propaganda, and satire have long been in existence. This presentation will help you determine the kinds of fake news that exist and provide tools to evaluate news for its reliability and truth.
Register and learn more here


Break the Fake with CBC’s Jacques Marcoux
Friday, October 11, 2019  10:00 to 11:00 am
Red River College, Lecture Theatre (A104), Exchange District Campus, 160 Princess Street

As part of Media Literacy Week, the Library is excited to welcome Jacques Marcoux, a CBC News investigative reporter, for a discussion on misinformation in the media and what that means for both those who consume it and those who produce it. E-mail jzimmerly@rrc.ca to reserve your seat. Space is limited.
More information here


NOVA SCOTIA

Annapolis Royal

Break the Fake
Friday, October 11, 2019  2:30 to 3:30 pm
Annapolis Royal Library, 143 Ritchie Street, Annapolis Royal, NS
Please join Charlotte Janes, AVRL’s Systems and Collections Access Coordinator, during Media Literacy Week for this timely presentation. It can be tough to tell what’s true and what’s “fake news” just by looking at a headline. But it’s easy to do a quick check and get the real facts when something doesn’t look right online. Walk away from this workshop with the knowledge you need to help Break the Fake by stopping the spread of false info by using these tips to check before sharing! 

More information here

Kentville

Break the Fake
Thursday, October 10, 2019  12:00 to 1:00 pm
Kentville Library, 440 Main Street, Kentville, NS
Please join Charlotte Janes, AVRL’s Systems and Collections Access Coordinator, during Media Literacy Week for this timely presentation. It can be tough to tell what’s true and what’s “fake news” just by looking at a headline. But it’s easy to do a quick check and get the real facts when something doesn’t look right online. Walk away from this workshop with the knowledge you need to help Break the Fake by stopping the spread of false info by using these tips to check before sharing! 

More information here

Middleton

Break the Fake
Tuesday, October 8, 2019  2:30 to 3:30 pm
Rosa M. Harvey Middleton & Area Library, 45 Gates Avenue, Middleton, NS
Please join Charlotte Janes, AVRL’s Systems and Collections Access Coordinator, during Media Literacy Week for this timely presentation. It can be tough to tell what’s true and what’s “fake news” just by looking at a headline. But it’s easy to do a quick check and get the real facts when something doesn’t look right online. Walk away from this workshop with the knowledge you need to help Break the Fake by stopping the spread of false info by using these tips to check before sharing! 

More information here

Margaree Forks

Break the Fake Workshop
Monday, October 7, 2019 — 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Coady & Tompkins Memorial Library, 7972 Cabot Trail, Margaree Forks, NS
Join us on Monday, October 7th at the library for a “Break the Fake: How to tell what’s true online” Workshop. The workshop, designed for ages 11 to 111, will teach audiences four quick, easy steps they can take to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not.

More information here

Windsor

Lunch and Learn: Break the Fake
Wednesday, October 9, 2019  12:00 to 1:00 pm
Windsor Regional Library, 195 Albert Street, Windsor, NS
Please join Charlotte Janes, AVRL’s Systems and Collections Access Coordinator, during Media Literacy Week for this timely presentation. It can be tough to tell what’s true and what’s “fake news” just by looking at a headline. But it’s easy to do a quick check and get the real facts when something doesn’t look right online. Walk away from this workshop with the knowledge you need to help Break the Fake by stopping the spread of false info by using these tips to check before sharing! 

More information here

ONTARIO

Bracebridge

Tech Talk: Fake News
Friday, October 11, 2019  2:30 to 3:30 pm
Bracebridge Public Library, 94 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, ON
Can you spot fake news? Join Sarah to learn about what fake news is and how to spot it. Please register @ 705-645-4171.

More information here

Ottawa

Break the Fake @uOttawa
Thursday, October 10, 2019  11:30 to 1:00 pm
University of Ottawa Library Tinkering Lab, Universty of Ottawa, Learning Crossroads (CRX), Room C220, 100 Louis-Pasteur, Ottawa, ON
The Break the Fake: How to tell what’s true online workshop (by MediaSmarts) will teach audiences four quick, easy steps they can take to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not.
Presented by Mish Boutet, Digital Literacy Librarian.
Register here

  

 

Stouffville

Break the Fake Workshop (ages 11 to adult)
Monday, October 7, 2019  4:00 to 5:00 pm
Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library, 2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON

The Break the Fake: How to tell what’s true online workshop will teach audiences four quick, easy steps they can take to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not. Free, no registration required.
More information here



Toronto

Doubt It? Check It. Challenge It. Combatting Misinformation: Strategies by Canada’s News Leaders and Tools for Digital Citizens
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 — 12:30 pm
Google Toronto, 111 Richmond Street West - 9th Floor, Toronto, ON
With the federal election approaching, how can we work together to spot and stop the spread of misinformation and outright lies, so voters can make informed decisions at the polls? 
In a special pre-election luncheon event, news leaders from across Canada’s major media will talk about the steps they are taking to combat ‘fake news’. And, we’ll share the smart strategies Canadians can adopt to verify information with the launch of CJF’s Doubt It? campaign, a NewsWise project.
•    Allan Gregg, a principal with Earnscliffe, moderates this discussion featuring:
•    Kenton Boston, vice-president, national and network news, Corus Entertainment
•    Dennis Choquette, head of enterprise, The Globe and Mail
•    Wendy Freeman, president, CTV News
•    Anthony Furey, national columnist and national comment editor, Sun Media
•    Irene Gentle, editor, Toronto Star
•    Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News
•    Julie Traves, deputy editor, National Post

Learn more about this event here

**SOLD OUT** Break the Fake: Finding truth in a world of “fake news”
Presented by MediaSmarts
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 — 5:45 to 8:15 pm
Artscape Daniels Launchpad, 130 Queens Quay East, East Wing - 4th Floor, Toronto, ON

Join Timothy Caulfield, author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?Ramona Pringle, Associate Professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University, Matthew Johnson, Director of Education at MediaSmarts and host Jayme Poisson from the CBC podcast Front Burner, for a lively discussion on one of today’s most important issues: the spread of online misinformation.

We all have a part to play in tackling “fake news.” At this livestreamed Media Literacy Week event you’ll hear why MediaSmarts is encouraging Canadians to Break the Fake by checking whether information is true before sharing it and learn ways of coping in today’s increasingly complex media environment.
Register for this event here
Watch the livestream on October 8th at 6:30 pm EST here


Fake News: Truth, Trust, Disinformation and Misinformation in Journalism
Thursday, October 10th, 2019 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Glendon College, Room A100, COE, 2275 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON
Fake news has become an ever-increasing detriment to civil political discourse globally and particularly in North American society. Glendon College have asked a panel of experts to reflect on the challenges facing the Canadian scene and propose some solutions on how Canadians can be equipped to better evaluate the validity of what they read as the news and information of the day.
More information here


Vankleek Hill

Tech Help Hub: Break the Fake Workshop
Monday, October 7, 2019  2:00 pm
Champlain Library, 94 Main Street East, Vankleek Hill, ON
Kick off Media Literacy Week with a Break the Fake workshop at Champlain Library. Call 613-678-2216 to register.
More information here


QUEBEC

Montreal

Atwater Library: How Social Media and the Internet Are Affecting Political Discourse
Thursday, October 3, 2019 — 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave. at Ste-Catherine (métro Atwater), Westmount/Montreal. Contact: 514-935-7344
For the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series and CONNECT Project, Fenwick McKelvey, Internet Researcher, Associate Professor, Concordia University, discusses how social media and the Internet are affecting political discourse. With discussion and Q&A.
Everyone is welcome. No advance registration. FREE thanks to funding from the Government of Canada.
More information here


Atwater Library: HANDS-ON WORKSHOP on Spotting Fake News, an Atwater Library CONNECT Project activity
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 — 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave. at Ste-Catherine (métro Atwater), Westmount/Montreal. Contact: 514-935-7344.

With the federal election approaching, join us for activities and discussions that will allow you to see the difference between what is really fake and simply surprising information. With instructor Liz Perrin. Participants may use their own device or one of our tablets.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca.
FREE thanks to funding from the Government of Canada.
More information here