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Canadian Open Data Summit 2018
Canadian Open Data Summit 2018 @ Fallsview Casino Resort
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day
Niagara Connects is pleased to invite you to save the date to attend the 5th annual Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS), which will be held in Niagara Falls! The Summit is THE annual event bringing together open data leaders from across Canada, to share best practices and local experiences, learn from top international experts, and grow the community strategically and collaboratively. Opening Keynote Speaker Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services, will focus on making it easier for people and business to interact and engage with their government through the power of digital technologies. Confirmed panel topics include: Digital Rights Surprising Allies: the Open Secret of Big Business & Open Data (with participation from Dun & Bradstreet, The Weather Channel, Teranet, Thomson Reuters) Community Open Data Portals Open projects (open data, software, code, standards & project management tools) Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part One Open Data doesn’t mean Open Government or even Open Data Capitalizing on Emerging Open Data Opportunities Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part Two Building a Pan-Canadian Framework on Open Government through intergovernmental collaboration Annually, the Canadian Open Data Summit draws a diverse range of individuals from: Government Private Sector Technology/Startup Community (including Civic Tech) Academia Non-Profit Communities Media GREATER THAN THE SUM – A CELEBRATION OF COLLABORATION 2018 SUMMIT STREAMS INCLUDE: Easing Collaboration: Standards, Precedents, Mutuality Effective Collaboration: Impactful, Fruitful, Authentic Excellent Collaboration: Innovating, Trend-Setting, Thought-Provoking Visit the Canadian Open Data Summit website to view the full program.
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Grimsby at War 1914-1918 7:30 pm
Grimsby at War 1914-1918 @ Mountainview Christian Reformed Church
Nov 8 @ 7:30 pm
Grimsby at War 1914-1918 Ev Page and Linda Bauman – Grimsby Historical Archives For the past four years volunteers at the Grimsby Historical Society Archives have researched how life in Grimsby changed during the Great War. They have honoured those who served, those who contributed gifts for their comfort and those who kept the farms vibrant. While many later residents served in the war, the project addressed mainly those who were born or lived in Grimsby prior to and during 1914-1918. One other added research branch focussed on the parents who lived in Grimsby at that time. By linking these criteria more than 400 men’s names were added to the project master sheet. The presentation will address what life was like for the towns’ people and for those serving on the front line in France and Belgium. Members of the 62 Phantom Squadron Cadets will be the voices of local men as they read their letters from the trenches and hospitals overseas. This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.
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Datathon 2018
Datathon 2018 @ Brock University
Nov 10 all-day
Spend the day with industry experts and learn the basics of data analytics and data visualization at one of the workshops. Workshops will include introductions to Excel, R, and Tableau. Anybody can attend the Datathon. You don’t need any prior experience with programming or data analytics. You will have the opportunity to learn concepts from the ground up, and those with experience will be able to further develop their skills. Datathon 2018 is scheduled to follow the Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS) 2018, which is being held in Niagara Falls on November 7 to 9.
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Sick Boy: The Documentary Viewing 6:30 pm
Sick Boy: The Documentary Viewing @ Grimsby Public Library
Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Death: Something to Talk About presents a viewing and discussion of the CBC documentary Sick Boy. This event is free of charge, but please register by calling the Grimsby Public Library at 905-945-5142. This event is hosted by the Grimsby Public Library.
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

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Sick Boy: The Documentary Viewing @ Grimsby Public Library
Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Death: Something to Talk About presents a viewing and discussion of the CBC documentary Sick Boy.

This event is free of charge, but please register by calling the Grimsby Public Library at 905-945-5142.

This event is hosted by the Grimsby Public Library.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Revisited @ Carnegie Building
Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm

Frank Lloyd Wright Revisited Ken and Linda Bauman – Grimsby Historical Society

During a period of 15 years, Ken and Linda Bauman travelled across the United States to tour 40 houses, commercial and institutional structures designed by the American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright’s productive period spanned more than 70 years. His visionary creations were strongly influenced by the natural world and he emphasized craftsmanship while embracing technology’s ability to make design accessible to all.

Ken and Linda revisit some of Wright’s iconic buildings and we learn how many of his creative ideas are reflected in the interior design of our homes and in the architecture of new development in our community.

This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.

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Richard Pierpoint @ Carnegie Building
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm

Richard Pierpoint: Donna Ford – President of Central Ontario Network for Black History

Donna is a researcher on early Black Settlers who as Runaway Slaves arrived during the Underground Railroad era and settled in St. Catharines and Niagara region.

Richard Pierpoint was a child slave brought from Senegal in West Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. He became a soldier in the Revolutionary War in the United States and fought in the War of 1812 in Canada. In the latter stages of his life, he was a leader in the community.

Richard Pierpoint served a pioneer in John Butler’s rangers. By 1780 he was stationed with them in the Niagara region and was granted 200 acres of land on Twelve Mile Creek, in what later became Grantham Township.

In 1812 he enlisted in the Coloured or Black Corps and saw action at the battle of Queenston Heights on 13 October 1812 and was also involved in heavy fighting during the siege of Fort George (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 27 May 1813.

He wished to return to the West African settlement he had left in the hold of a slave-ship some 60 years earlier but instead the old soldier received a location ticket for 100 acres of land in unsettled Garafraxa Township on the Grand River, near present-day Fergus.

In May 1825 Richard Pierpoint completed the settlement duties in clearing and fencing five acres and erecting a house. He probably died in late 1837 – an old African brought by the slave trade to the frontier of settlement in a land he never took for his own.

This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.

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A History of Canada in Ten Maps @ Carnegie Building
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm

A History of Canada in Ten Maps Adam Shoalts – Author, Explorer, Archaeologist, Historian

Adam Shoalts has been called one of Canada’s greatest living explorers and in 2017 embarked on a 4000-kilometre solo journey across Canada’s Arctic.

Every map tells a story. And every map has a purpose – it invites us to go somewhere we’ve never been.

A History of Canada in Ten Maps conjures the world as it appeared to those who were called upon to map it. What would the new world look like to wandering Vikings who thought they had drifted into a land of mythical creatures? Or to Samuel de Champlain who had no idea of the vastness of the landmass just beyond the treeline?

Adam Shoalts, one of Canada’s foremost explorers, tells the stories behind these centuries-old maps and how they came to shape what became “Canada”.

This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.

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Grimsby Historical Society Trivia Challenge @ Carnegie Building
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm

GHS Trivia Challenge Peter Carr-Locke – GHS Programme Coordinator

The Grimsby Historical Society Trivia Challenge puts teams of members against each other to determine how much trivia they know and how much of the GHS topics they remember. A fun challenge to celebrate our 2019 Spring Season.

This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.

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The Brown Homestead @ St. Andrew's Parish Hall
May 15 @ 6:30 pm

Pot Luck Supper, AGM, and The Brown Homestead

The conservation of the Brown Homestead is the inaugural project of the John Brown Heritage Foundation. The John Brown House is the oldest home in St. Catharines, a two-storey stone house built in 1802 and incorporating an earlier 1-1/2 storey house (ca. 1796).

The John Brown House was an active farmhouse for more than 150 years and was also used a tavern for more than a quarter of a century. John Brown Heritage Foundation is committed to the preservation and exploration of agriculture and culinary traditions, to encourage farmers, family farming and farmers’ markets.

This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.

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