Weekly list of Toronto environmental and social justice events and issues.

Updated every Monday.

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Ontario can become a climate leader again by moving to a renewable future while lowering our electricity bills.

And with your help, we will continue to build our vision of a 100% Renewable Ontario.

https://www.cleanairalliance.org/fr19/

www.renewableontario.ca

Renewables – Not Small Modular Nuclear Reactors – Are the Solution to Climate Change

https://cela.ca/renewables-not-small-modular-nuclear-reactors-are-the-solution-to-climate-change/

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Bikes Without Borders

1000 Bikes is our campaign to put 1000 refurbished bikes into the hands of Toronto refugees & newcomers, where they will enable them to access employment and work opportunities, education, recreation, and so much more.

https://www.bikeswithoutborders.org/1000-bikes

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Sign now to tell Ford’s PCs: Reverse rent control cuts

More and more tenants are sounding the alarm: they’re being crushed by double-digit rent increases since the Ford Gov’t scrapped rent control. Things are getting so bad that the City of Toronto passed a motion to formally ask Ford to reinstate rent control. Sign the petition to reverse rent control cuts.

https://act.leadnow.ca/rent-control/

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Protect Ontario’s water from Nestlé’s greed

Nestlé has been waiting years to pounce on a small community’s water. The only thing standing in its way has been a temporary moratorium on new bottled water permits. The current moratorium is about to expire and we have just two weeks to let the Ontario government know that we want a permanent moratorium on new bottled water permits. Send your message here.

https://actions.sumofus.org/pages/send-a-message-to-protect-ontario-s-water-from-nestle-s-greed/

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Apartment to Share

$1125. High Park Blvd (near Roncesvailles). Two-bedroom suite to share in Victorian home. Female wanted (shared space).

https://bunz.com/item/toronto/other/awesome-female-room-mate-wante/5de86a9889533e531e54ed67

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Transport Futures – Transportation Equity Summit

Mon. Dec. 9, 8:45 a.m – 4:45 p.m. (registration @ 7:45am)

Innis Town Hall (U of T), 2 Sussex Ave.

The transportation system is supposed to provide universal access to jobs, goods, services and leisure activities. However, people have different incomes, needs and abilities so some gain better access than others. Join international experts and 100 delegates to discuss how demographic, geographic, design, environmental, safety, legal and fiscal “equity lenses” should be applied to transit and road planning.

http://www.transportfutures.ca/equity

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Write for Rights for Grassy Narrows

Mon. Dec. 9, 6 pm

70 Saint Mary Street

This year, Amnesty International is highlighting a case right here in Canada, of youth from Asubpeeschoseewagong (“Grassy Narrows First Nation”) who are fighting for justice in the face of 50 years of mercury poisoning in their community. Because of government inaction, generations of young Indigenous people have grown up with devastating health problems and the loss of their cultural traditions. It’s time for the government to keep its promise to deal with the mercury crisis “once and for all” so that young people can grow up in a healthy and thriving community. We’ll have the cases information, paper, pens, and inspiration.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/write-for-rights-for-grassy-narrows-tickets-84035170457

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JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival

Forget Me Not – Mon. Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America – Tues. Nov. 10, 6:30 p..m.

Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor W.

https://www.hrff.ca/tickets

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War and Global Warming: Militarism, Military Spending and the Climate Emergency

Tues. Dec. 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

OISE, 252 Bloor St W, Second floor, room 2296

We are facing a climate catastrophe and in the beginning of the world’s 6th mass extinction event. What does it all actually mean? What are the risks? What can you do? Join us for a discussion around the science with Extinction Rebellion + Science for Peace to get up to speed on the latest climate science and how we can prevent ecological + systems collapse. Speakers: Judy Deutsch, President of Science for Peace, and Tamara Lorincz, PhD Candidate Balsillie School of International Affairs and VOW member

https://www.facebook.com/events/724424651336509/?event_time_id=724424668003174

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TEA’S Greener City Celebration

Tues. Dec. 10. Doors at 6 pm. Show at 7:30.

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St West

Every December, TEA brings together over 200 people – including environmental activists, supporters, allies and community partners – to kick off the holiday season for a fun-filled evening of humour, engaging speakers and special guests. This year, TEA will honour some inspiring and transformative work to build an equitable and sustainable neighbourhood with our Greener City for All Award.

https://www.torontoenvironment.org/celebration

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Tenant Rights Forum

Tues. Dec. 10, 10 am – noon

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, 627 Queen’s Quay West (at Bathurst)

The Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre is hosting a Tenant Rights Forum for International Human Rights Day. Learn more about your tenant rights, the Right to Housing Coalition, the Right to Housing in Toronto, and discuss your housing concerns with neighbours.

For more information, please contact Gaby at 416-392-1509 x 328.

https://twitter.com/R2HTO

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Toronto’s December Homeless Memorial

Tues. Dec. 10, noon – 1 pm

Outdoors at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, behind Eaton’s Centre

Followed by a lunch indoors.

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International Human Rights Day: Free screening of PUSH with Leilani Farha!

Tues. Dec. 10, 5:30 – 9 pm

192 Spadina Avenue, Ground floor

In honour of International Human Rights Day, the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) will be hosting a free screening of the award-winning documentary PUSH (2019). The film will be followed by a discussion with special guest Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, who is featured in the film.

www.watchPUSH.eventbrite.ca.

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Festival Of Cool: The Arctic

Tues. – Sun. Dec 10 – 15

Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay W

Celebration of the International Year of Indigenous Languages with programming from across the Arctic Circle including contemporary music, film, visual art and thought-provoking panels. Free, some ticketed programming.

http://harbourfrontcentre.com/festivalofcool

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City Budget 101

Wed. Dec. 11, 6 – 9 p.m.

North York Civic Centre, Members Lounge, 5100 Yonge Street

The City of Toronto’s annual budget spells out city hall’s priorities. The 2020 budget will be released in January and Torontonians will have the chance to influence it. City Councillor Mike Layton will lead the workshop. Join us to learn more about the budget process, how to understand and analyze the budget, and how you can have your say.

https://www.progresstoronto.ca/fall-training-series-dec-11

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War and Imperialism

Wed.  Dec. 11, 7 pm.

Trinity St Paul’s Centre 427 Bloor St West

Join us for a discussion/study group on War and Imperialism. Organized by the International Socialists.

www.Socialist.ca

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Demanding the Right to Housing

Wed. Dec. 11, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Metro Hall, 55 John st, Rm. 310

Report launch focusing on how non-profits (and legal clinics in particular) can support community organizing as related to principles associated with Right to the City and Right to Housing.

https://www.facebook.com/events/553777445192484

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Gift – Documentary Screening and Discussion

Thur. Dec. 12, 7:30 – 10 p.m.

The Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard St. East (east of Greenwood, north side of Gerrard)

GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. An intimate exploration of real-life gift economies, it’s a reflection on the creative process, a meditation on why we give, and a celebration of the imagination! Directed by Robin McKenna. Film screening will be followed by discussion with the Director and guests.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/283716447

https://www.facebook.com/events/743303552832451/

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Environmental Law Toolkit – Private Prosecutions

Thur. Dec. 12, 1 – 2 p.m.

Webinar with Ramani Nadarajah

Ramani Nadarajah will discuss the role of private prosecutions in enforcing environmental law. She will outline the factors that should be considered in undertaking a private prosecution, the nuts and bolts of conducting a private prosecution and highlight some of the significant private prosecutions of environmental offences in Ontario. #25

https://sustainabilitynetwork.ca/product/environmental-law-toolkit-private-prosecutions-with-ramani-nadarajah/

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Watch the U.K. Election results with Socialist Action

Thur. Dec. 12, 5 – 8 p.m.

Clinton’s Tavern, 693 Bloor Street West

Will Jeremy Corbyn lead the British Labour Party to government on the basis of its most left wing platform in generations?  What are the political implications for labour unions and the NDP in Canada?  What should the working class and allies around the world do to defend a left-Labour U.K. government and to advance the interests of the vast majority against capitalist austerity?  Join us for drinks, food, fun, conversation and quick election analysis.

For more information contact Socialist Action at 647-986-1917.

www.socialistaction.ca

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Holiday Rally for Public Education: Sing Along and Info Picket

Sat. Dec. 14, 1 – 2:30 pm

Yonge-Dundas Square

We’re All in This Together!  Join Teachers, Education Workers, Parents, Students and Community Allies to tell Doug Ford it’s time to reverse ALL cuts and provide the public schools that students deserve. At this time of year when parents, students, education workers, and communities gather to celebrate our connections, and make wishes for a better future, come to tell Doug Ford what you’re fighting for: Healthy schools; More resources and student support; Smaller class sizes; Wide range of course options; Guaranteed Full-Day Kindergarten; Full funding for special education supports. Hosted by Ontario Education Workers United

https://www.facebook.com/events/502850837244483/

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Comics Without Borders – Amnesty International Comedy Night

Sat. Dec. 14, 6 – 11 p.m.

Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St.

Join us for a fun night of laughter presented by Comics without Borders, in support of Amnesty International’s essential human rights work

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comics-without-borders-amnesty-international-comedy-night-tickets-65039734597

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Human Rights Town Hall

Sat. Dec 14, noon – 3 p.m.

East York Civic Centre 850 Coxwell

The Canadian Human Rights International Organization and Peace And Justice Alliance International Human Rights Day celebration.

http://eventbrite.com/e/human-rights-town-hall-tickets-46718059975

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The 7th Annual Holiday Gift Swap

Hosted by the Toronto Tool Library

Sun Dec 15, 10 am – 3pm

CSI, 192 Spadina Ave

Free maker/upcycling workshops with Tiny Toy Co. & Craftic, zero waste gift wrapping station, mini Repair Cafe (appliances & clothing only this time), plus the annual gift-ables swap. Admission is $2 when you do advance drop offs and $5 at the door.

https://www.facebook.com/events/800229283767860/

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Socialist Book Sale. Read Socialism Over the Holidays

Sunday, Dec.15, noon – 5 pm.

Trinity St Paul’s Centre 427 Bloor St West

Read socialism over the holidays! Come to the socialist book sale‎. New and used books, t shirts etc. Great bargains. International Socialist Book Room.

www.Socialist.ca

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http://theenergymix.com/

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Centre for Social Innovation Events

https://socialinnovation.org/community/events/

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Toronto Public Libraries host Our fragile Planet, free environmental and community events

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=4288100025&Ns=p_pub_date_sort&Nso=0

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Hot Docs

Bloor Cinema (Bloor and Bathurst)

https://hotdocscinema.ca/

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NOW magazine hosts a very comprehensive online events listing

https://nowtoronto.com/search/event/community-events/

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