Submit your Ottawa-based event to email@example.com or fax to 613-232-9055 by Friday at 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2African Studies Brownbag Luncheon Seminar—Dr. Carl Widstrand of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University will discuss "Water Use and Water Sharing in Africa." 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Room 433, Paterson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Col. By Dr. 613-520-2600 ext. 2220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ambassador's Lecture Series—Japanese Ambassador Kaoru Ishikawa will discuss "The Importance of the Basics: Facts about Japan for the 21st century." 7 p.m. Senate Room 083, Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa." Contact: Prof. Sheri Zhang, 613-720-2394 or email@example.com
THURSDAY, FEB 3Humanitarian Relief Week Panel—A panel discussion "An Earthquake in Haiti, Flooding in Pakistan; two disasters; two different reactions from Canadians—Why?" is being presented as part of Humanitarian Relief Week at the University of Ottawa. Panelists are: Radio-Canada Ottawa bureau chief Emmanuelle Latraverse, Nicolas Moyer, co-ordinator of the Humanitarian Coalition, and Mujib Rehman, professor, School of International Development and Global Studies. Moderated by Prof. François J. Larocque of the Faculty of Law's Common Law Section. Proceeds from the week will go towards UNICEF efforts in Haiti and Pakistan. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Room 112, Tabaret Hall, 550 Cumberland St. ceremonies@uOttawa.ca
2010 Canada-Japan Literary Awards—Japanese Ambassador Kaoru Ishikawa and the Canada Council for the Arts will host a luncheon and present the 2010 Canada-Japan Literary Awards. This year's laureates are Masako Fukawa with Stanley Fukawa for Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet: B.C. Japanese Canadian Fishermen and Janick Belleau for D'Ames et d'ailes/of souls and wings. 12-3 p.m. Official Residence of the Ambassador of Japan, 725 Acacia Ave. RSVP to 1-800-263-5588 ext. 4215 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ottawa Police Service Black History Month Celebration—Join the Ottawa Police Service as they raise their Black History Month banner in celebration of Black History Month. Music and refreshments provided. 5-6 p.m. Free. Ottawa Police Service Headquarters, 474 Elgin St.
An Evening with Dany Laferrière—As part of its lecture series, the Museum of Civilization presents an evening with Haitian/Canadian writer Dany Laferrière. He will discuss his work, his inspiration and his hopes for Haiti. In French. 7 p.m. $12-$15. Theatre, Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier St. www.civilization.ca
FRIDAY, FEB. 4Sri Lanka celebrates its National Day. It gained independence from the UK in 1948. For information on any celebrations, please call the embassy at 613-233-8449.
Winterlude—A celebration of winter in the nation's capital. Running weekends from Feb. 4-21, the festival includes skating on the Rideau Canal, ice-sculpture competitions, and A Taste of Winterlude, highlighting local and Canadian chefs, sommeliers and winemakers. See the Chinese New Year celebrations, including dance performances, tea ceremonies, ice carving and a garden of lanterns in Confederation Park. And the Jinfan Art Troupe will give two performances in the mornings of Feb. 5-6. Full details online at http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/winterlude
SATURDAY, FEB. 5CD Release: Ouzo Power—Local musicians Ouzo Power perform Greek Rebetika music for their CD launch. 7:30 p.m. $30. 4th Stage, National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St. 613-755-1111.
SUNDAY. FEB 6New Zealand celebrates its National Day. Today marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. For information on any celebrations, please call the high commission at 613-238-5991.
Screening: Iranium—Come see what the fuss was all about. The Free Thinking Film Society is going ahead with its screening of Iranium tonight. Previously scheduled to screen in January, Iranium, a documentary on Iran's controversial nuclear weapons program and its brutal treatment of the Iranian people, was cancelled amid protests from the Iranian government and reinstated by Heritage Minister James Moore. 7 p.m. $8-$15. Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St. http://www.freethinkingfilmfest.ca/
MONDAY, FEB. 7Grenada celebrates its Independence Day. It gained independence from the UK in 1974.
South Sudan Votes on Independence—Join speaker Mohammed Gariballa, University of Ottawa for a talk on the legal and political context on the South Sudan referendum. Bring your lunch. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fauteux 550, Human Rights Centre, University of Ottawa. email@example.com
TUESDAY, FEB. 8The Longest War—Join speaker Rajiv Chandresekaran, senior correspondent for the Washington Post, for a talk "The Longest War: A Journalist's Front-Line Assessment of America's Entanglement in Afghanistan." Presented by CIPS at the University of Ottawa, the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and CIC-National Capital Branch. 5:30 p.m. Free. Room 12102, Desmarais Bldg., University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Ave. E. www.cips.uottawa.ca
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