T.O. Greenspiration Events: Your City - Your Say!

Angela Bischoff greenspi at web.ca
Sun Jun 26 23:53:27 EDT 2011

Toronto Greenspiration Events


Your City - Your Budget - Your Say!
Let's make our voices heard & strategize against the austerity agenda 
Public Community Meeting

Mon. June 27, 6:30 p.m.
20 West Lodge Ave. May Robinson Auditorium (wheelchair accessible).

Under Mayor Rob Ford's austerity agenda, the city is undergoing a dramatic shift in how municipal politics are carried out, how services that sustain our city's infrastructure and neighbourhoods are delivered and, ultimately, who stands to benefit and lose in this process. Join us to discuss what's at stake, how we can mobilize in response to the austerity agenda and actively shape our city's and our communities' future.

*Gord Perks,City Counsellor Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park.
*Israt Ahmed, Social Planning Toronto.
*Community Activist, Parkdale Committee to Stop the Cuts
*Rob Howarth, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres.

Organized by CUPE Local 3393 - Political Action Committee
Endorsed by Parkdale Committe to Stop the Cuts (a No One Is Illegal - Toronto Campaign).

Refreshments will be provided
For more information please email: tisha.alam at gmail.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=105402546220753


Toronto Ecovillage Project – Planning Meeting

Monday, June 27, 7 – 10 p.m.
OISE Building, 252 Bloor Street West, room 2286
All welcome!
Facebook event


You are invited to a meeting of the:
Canadian Department of Peace Initiative, Toronto Chapter
Monday June 27th, 2011 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue (St. George subway)
Our political leaders are too concerned with maintaining the status quo to take us in a new direction so change will have to come, as it always has, from ordinary citizens. Join with us as we work for this change. The Canadian Department of Peace Initiative is a tremendous opportunity to strategically influence the thinking of our government both nationally and internationally and we are privileged to have a role to play. However, there is a lot of work to be done in raising public awareness and in convincing our political leaders. Come with your ideas, your energy and your enthusiasm for the GTA campaign. Exciting things are happening around the globe. Be a part of it.

For more info: Rob Acheson <robach at rogers.com>


Make Lotions, Potions and Creams!

Monday, June 27, 6:30-8:30pm
Anarres Natural Health, 792A Dovercourt Road M6H2X3

In this workshop by request , you'll learn how to make a natural, healthy:
~ basic white lotion from scratch
~ cream from scratch
and you'll customize it with wholesome, skin healing ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and oils such as avocado, almond, pumpkin seed, hemp, sesame, and tamanu. You'll leave with 170ml metal pump bottle of lotion, and a 120ml jar of cream - a $24 value!!!

REGISTER: http://www.anarreshealth.ca/node/874


History of Aboriginal Peoples

Tue Jun 28, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  
Jane/Sheppard Library - 1906 Sheppard Ave West

Learn about First Nations history as understood by the First Nations people themselves. 
Please register at the desk or call 416-395-5966.


Ride to Save the Bike Lanes

Tuesday, June 28 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Meet at Victoria Park subway station

Help save the Pharmacy Av. and Birchmount Rd. Bike Lanes by joining us for a ride to raise awareness and to listen to what the local neighbours have to say.

Toronto City Council votes on July 13th to accept all or part of Mayor Rob Ford's Bike Plan, which calls for the removal of the bike lanes installed in 2008 on Pharmacy Ave. & Birchmount Rd.. 

This is a matter of personal safety for everyone who uses the roads and we will ride on Tuesday to help save the lanes.


Bamako (2006) - screening with Director Abderrahmane Sissako
Tuesday, June 28th, 7PM-10PM 
@ Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street (Bathurst and Bloor)
By Donation (Suggested $5)
Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) and Zatoun oliveoil+za'atar dipping

Bamako is a searing indictment against the IMF and the World Bank. Shot documentary style with real lawyers and witnesses, culminating in a fictitious mock trial of the World Bank. The dialogue is unflinching and witnesses speak of the devastating effects that 20 years of "structural adjustment" has had on Africa. It is a devastating indictment of economic neoliberalism. Witnesses give long speeches that connect the viewer to the real lives and to the sociopolitical realities of much of African society. Bamako has potent speeches from African teachers and writers who expose the regressive and destructive nature of privatization, who point to the utter failure of an imported economic strategy, and who tell stories of suffering and struggle caused by or exacerbated by such policy. The film sets a fiery tone of anger, resistance and regeneration.

2006, Mali, France, US; Director: Abderrahmane Sissako, in French and Bambara (with subtitles) 115 minutes

Followed by Q&A with special guest.
Organized by Huna, (“here” in Arabic) - a diverse, tight-knit group of Arabs engaged in Politics, Society, and Culture.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=220781967952812


STUDY SERIES - China 1925-27
Lessons from Struggle:  Popular revolts from Russia to Egypt

Tues, June 28, 6pm
Bahen Centre, 40 St. George St, Room 3008
Speaker: Peter Hogarth

Organized by International Socialists, Toronto District
www.socialist.ca    toronto.socialists at gmail.com

Next Clean Train Coalition General Info Meeting

Tuesday, June  28 , 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre, 1900 Davenport Ave (just west of Symington) 

This location is really easy to get to by TTC and has lots of street parking nearby.

Directions by TTC: From Dundas West subway station, take the 168 Symington bus. Get off at Davenport (just where the bus turns west off of Symington).  The bus runs every 10 minutes or so from the station and takes only 10 minutes from Dundas West station.



Direct Action Training 
Join us in demanding:  No TTC Fares on Smog and Heat Alert Days!

Wednesday June 29th Time: 3:30 – 6:00pm 
Sistering - 962 Bloor St West (Ossington Subway station, Delaware exit) 
The Fair Fare Coalition, in partnership with the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly and DAMN 2025, is hosting a 
workshop on direct action for our upcoming July 6th action for free transit on smog and heat alert days. Nonviolent 
Direct Action is a key tool for making change in our communities. It can be a protest, a march, a strike or street theatre 
to show public support for an issue and demand a political, economic or social change. 

Come learn about: 
• Common roles in a direct action 
• Decision making at actions 
• Basic safety considerations 
• Knowing your rights 
• The legal risks and consequences of taking action 

This workshop is for the upcoming July demonstration to demand that Public Transit be made free on heat and smog 
alert days. This is a step towards making sure that transit becomes a right for everyone who needs it! 

Please RSVP Mark at 416-652-7867 ext. 235, or mark at thestop.org by Thursday June 23rd 


Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World
Wednesday, June 29, 7 p.m.
Metro Hall, 55 John St. (at King), Rm. 314
Tom Rand offers a comprehensive approach to issues related to our transition to a low-carbon economy. Technology options, political constraints and possibilities, policy options, financial and economic considerations and climate science are all covered to varying degrees. A main theme that is clearly differentiated: Tom believes our economy can run without fossil fuels, but he is not naive to the obstacles that remain to all things green.

During his presentation Tom is willing to ask hard questions about the technology options available to us, and the scale of investment required to move the needle on carbon emissions. Asking the provocative question "What do you get for a trillion or three dollars?" as a way to generate analysis. His principal focus and expertise is as a scientifically literate venture capitalist.

Hosted by Post Carbon Toronto


Toronto Council of Canadians Chapter monthly meeting
Wednesday, June 29, 7 – 9 p.m.
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 313A
Do you know that Toronto discharges raw sewage into Lake Ontario after heavy rains? And because of this the Toronto Harbour is listed as an “area of concern” in the Great Lakes? Professor Lino Grima, a member of our chapter, will discuss green solutions to Toronto’s wastewater problem.
Karen Buck, co-chair of the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Neighbourhood Liaison Committee, will discuss city council's recent decision to treat stormwater at Ashbridges Bay with UV radiation rather than chlorine – an environmental win!


Greenpeace concert
Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W. (map)
Wednesday, June 29th, Doors: 6:30 pm. Show: 8:30 pm
$27.50 in advance, or $30 at the door 

Click here for tickets or call 416-531-6604 after 12 noon.

This Wednesday, Greenpeace is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary (1971-2011) with a very special show at Hugh's Room in Toronto.

We'll be joined by artists Dan Hill, Jesse Cook, Royal Wood, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Elizabeth Shepherd, Lori Cullen, Simone Schmidt, Laura Repo, The Saturday Saints, and Charlotte Cornfield. Arlene Bishop will be our emcee.


Fundraising dinner in support of US Iraq War Resisters

Join us for a campaign update, great food and music!

Wed. June 29, 6:00 pm Dinner, 7:00 pm Programme
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St. 

$20 suggested donation
With guest speakers lawyer Alyssa Manning and others TBA, discussing the latest developments in the campaign to win asylum for US War resisters in Canada

Special musical guests Sara Marlowe and the Manning Sisters!


Second Parkdale Public Meeting to Stop Ford Cuts

Do you live/work in Parkdale? Come to this meeting!
Wed. June 29, 6:00-8:30pm
Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Avenue (east of Queen & Lansdowne), Front Rec Room

Take the People's Poll: http://bit.ly/TorontoPeoplesPoll

On June 16, two dozen Parkdale community members and service providers met in Masaryk-Cowan Centre to defend public services in the neighborhood. After much discussion, we decided to organize a march through Parkdale marking out publicly funded agencies in the city and set up an outreach committee. We will be meeting on June 29 at 6pm, to decide on details of the march and outreach campaign, and determine our actions for the next three months. Do join us! To help us along, please forward this invitation to people you know that live and work in Parkdale.


The End of Suburbia - Screening with Film-Maker Greg Greene

Thur. June 30, 7pm 
National Film Board of Canada's Ontario Centre, 150 John St. (John and Richmond) 
$5 or pay-what-you-can
Organized By: Transition Toronto and the National Film Board of Canada
A screening of the End of Suburbia to kick off the Transition Toronto Film Contest (http://bit.ly/knTPVi) and film workshops (http://bit.ly/m20bBd), with a talk by the film-maker, Greg Greene.

As we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.  The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Peak Oil mean for North America?
See the film that inspired the beginnings of the Transition Movement, with a talk by its film-maker, Greg Greene, on the film and the ability of film to change the world.


Bike Tour of Toronto Island in Support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation
come and see the Toronto Islands in a way you never have before—Toronto Island beyond Centreville!
Sunday July 3, 2 - 8 p.m. (dinner 5 - 7 p.m.)

The Toronto Island “Grannies in Spirit”, a group of Island women who fundraise on behalf of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, are partnering with the 
Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA) bike ride, and offering an “insider’s” bike tour of the Island, from Hanlan’s to Ward’s, culminating with a 
fabulous buffet dinner overlooking Toronto Bay and the iconic view of Toronto’s skyline.

The self-guided tour highlights numerous little known points of interest, from Hanlan’s to Ward’s, and will give you insights into the history, the geography, 
and the flora and fauna that makes the Island so special. Ticket holders will be able to tour the historic Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and hear the story of the 
ghost of the murdered lighthouse keeper, Radan Muller. The beautiful little 1884 St. Andrews-by-the-Lake Church, not usually open to the public, will also 
be a highlight. Admire the beautiful, old, stained-glass windows and architecture of the church. Then, enjoy a swim at one of the lesser known beaches on 
the Island and gain some insight into the history of the century-old, unique community.

The tour is set up so you can do as little or as much as you like. You do not need to be part of the GWTA ride to buy tickets. Finish your ride on 
Algonquin Island, at the Algonquin Island Clubhouse, and enjoy a delicious Island-made dinner while sipping a cooling drink and watching the sailboats 
in the Bay.

Tickets are $40 and can be pre-purchased online: http://tibiketour.eventbrite.com/. Tickets will not be available at the door. Places are limited so don’t delay!

Cash bar. Ferry tickets not included. Participants are to provide their own bikes. Map, guide, and additional information will be emailed prior to the event.
Funds raised will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to assist African grandmothers who are struggling to raise their grandchildren who have been 
orphaned by AIDS.

For more information, e-mail granniesinspirit at gmail.com.


Swim Guide
See how easily you can find a clean beach with our Swim Guide app

Neighbourhood Car

Love the idea of carsharing? Our Non-profit co-operative car share model gives you the best rates.  Designed to be simple and cost effective, car sharing has proven to reduce the number of cars on the road by reducing our car dependency. Bring carsharing to your neighbourhood by parking an Options car in your driveway and earn driving credits in return.

For more information go to www.optionsforcars.ca  or contact us at info at optionsforcars.ca


Sign the petition to protect bike lanes on Jarvis  


Course Title: Environmental Health, Transformative Higher Education and Policy Change: Education for Social and Ecosystem
Half course credit
OISE/UT Room 6-122
July and August, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. beginning July 5th
Coordinated by Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg, PhD, MES.
In this course, environmental health is framed as a field of research, education, policy and advocacy endeavours that links the natural, health and social sciences with the worlds of the academy, community, business, economics, labour, governments and media. This framework stresses social issues in environmental health contexts of gender, race, class, culture, ethnicity, age, poverty and other systems of oppression. The course includes a module on children’s health and the environment relevant to key Canadian/North American health outcomes with epidemiological evidence of links to environmental hazards such as asthma, cancer, neuro-behavioural and developmental effects, low birth weight and birth defects.
            For more information and the full course outline, please see ROSI  and/or contact
Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg at dgoldinrosenberg at oise.utoronto.ca

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