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

Updated every Monday.

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Doug Ford: Listen to the people, not the polluters!

A lawsuit from Greenpeace and Ecojustice forced the Ford government to open public consultations on the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act. Greenpeace put together an action page which will automatically send your comments to the Environmental Registry of Ontario and your Member of Provincial Parliament.

Action page: https://act.greenpeace.org/page/30514/action/1

Blog: https://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/story/4778/it-shouldnt-take-a-lawsuit-to-make-doug-ford-listen-to-ontarians/

Tweet: https://twitter.com/GreenpeaceCA/status/1042806998629318658

 

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A Call for Climate Justice and Immediate Action from the Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change

  1. Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground: No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
  2. Promote Women’s Leadership and Gender Equity
  3. Protect and Implement the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  4. Promote Energy Democracy
  5. Protect the Rights of Nature
  6. Protect and Promote Biodiversity and Seed Sovereignty

https://wecaninternational.org/pages/call-to-action-2018

 

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Stand up for Fundamental Rights

This important letter to Mulroney, Attorney General, about the notwithstanding clause and the importance of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has already been signed by 400 lawyers. xxx

https://sites.google.com/view/respect-our-rights-open-letter/home

 

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Debunking myths about asylum seekers

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/09/14/opinion/debunking-myths-about-asylum-seekers

 

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The Private Intelligence Firm Keeping Tabs on Environmentalists

When big oil companies want to monitor activists, they turn to Welund. Even the NEB (Canada’s National Energy Board) has hired them to monitor social media activity and provide the government with weekly updates on activist threats.

https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/09/welund-private-intelligence-oil-gas/

 

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Anarres Apothecary grows into new Bloor Street Storefront

with expanded Workshop, Bulk DIY Ingredients, Sexual Health and Zero Waste spaces

1076 Bloor St W. storefront (at Gladstone)

Anarres has been leading the way for 12 years, offering a unique business model that features all natural, crafted-on-site affordable body care for everyone in refillable, returnable and refundable glass and metal packaging. Anarres doesn’t stop at zero waste with bulk ingredients and body care – we create source and stock zero waste housewares from straws made from local canary reeds to durable safety razors, to the unexpected such as paper made from sugar cane, unpackaged scrubbers made from loofah, affordable cloth bags in many sizes. Anarres carries fairly traded eco gifts such as sage, palo santo and Australian sandalwood smudges and locally made beeswax candles. Anarres is the first and only store to offer eco and body friendly affordable natural contraception and sexual health products. We also are the only importers of Stefani terra cotta gravity water purifiers, handmade by a social enterprise in Brazil.

www.AnarresHealth.ca

 

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Have your say on how to reduce single-use and takeaway items

The City of Toronto is undertaking consultation to help inform future decisions regarding reducing single-use and takeaway items.

https://s.cotsurvey.chkmkt.com/?e=132555&d=e&h=459BF48351BE01F&l=en

 

In-person event and webcast

Tuesday, October 2, Open house 6 – 7pm, Presentation & questions 7 – 8:30pm

BMO Conference Centre & Education Centre. 60 Leonard Ave (Bathurst Street and Dundas Street)

Webcast: toronto.ca/wastestrategy

 

Webinar

Thursday, October 4, 2 – 3 p.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/single-use-and-takeaway-items-webinar-tickets-49863514113

 

Comments will be accepted until October 28, 2018. The same information will be presented on both dates.

If you are unable to participate and would like to comment, please contact: wastestrategy@toronto.ca | 416-392-3760

www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy

 

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2 Billion And Counting: Reforesting Ontario One Tree At A Time

With Author John Bacher

Mon. Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave (just south of Queen Street)

Conservationist John Bacher’s book, Two Billion Years And Counting, details the legacy of Edmund Zavitz (1875–1968) who, in the early 1900s, rescued Ontario from the ravages of powerful floods, erosion, and deadly fires. Wastelands were taking over once-flourishing farmlands due to extensive deforestation. One man made a difference.

Sponsored by Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto

 

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Building Momentum Around the Sustainable Development Goals in Canada

Tues. Sept. 25, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Webinar

Learn how Canada is moving forward on the UN Sustainable Development Goals following the 2018 High-Level Political Forum in July, where countries around the world gathered at the UN headquarters to evaluate their progress on the global goals.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7824014085819742979

 

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Where Do We Start? A Civic Engagement Series

Tues. Sept. 25, 7 – 10 p.m.

Gladstone, 1214 Queen W.

Do the ongoings of Provincial and Municipal politics lately have you wondering if the world is ending, and asking on a practical level, what can I do? Mayoral candidates will be part of the conversation. https://www.facebook.com/events/2408375179180219/

 

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FQ Awareness: Millions Permanently Disabled Not Knowing Why

Rally

Tues. and Wed. Sept. 25 and 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Queens Park lawn (College and University)

We gather here each fall to raise awareness about the surprisingly common adverse reactions to fluoroquinolone antibiotics, or FQs, and about the tremendous amount of harm that all pharmaceutical drugs are causing in general. Adverse reactions are far more common and often far more severe than most doctors believe, especially with FQs, which routinely cause HORRIFIC DEBILITATING DAMAGE from head to toe. Often, though, it sets in long after discontinuation of the drug, so the majority of victims have no idea what went so wrong.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2018-canadian-fq-rally-toronto-tue-sep-25-wed-sep-26-10-to-4-tickets-49894084550

 

Public Forum

Tues. Sept. 25, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Galbraith Building, room 220, 35 Saint George St, U of T

Many people diagnosed with fibromyalgia, lupus, Parkinson’s, ALS, Lyme Disease, MS and literally hundreds of other wrong conditions are actually suffering from fluoroquinolone toxicity.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fq-awareness-event-millions-permanently-disabled-not-knowing-why-tickets-50422553214

More info: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u7bXVA31PmuXUt7zxhkUSh2yDJ0PHG88PlgZSI5Wdxg/edit

 

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Mayoral Transit Debate

Wed. Sept. 26, 7 – 9 p.m.

U of T Scarborough Campus, Rm SY110 – Science Research Building

Hop on the bus from Bathurst Station, 5:30 p.m. sharp

http://act.ttcriders.ca/ride_to_the_mayoral_transit_debate

Want better public transit? Us too. Join us at the 2018 Mayoral Transit Debate to hear mayoral candidates’ plans about the transit issues that you care about. 54% of respondents to a recent Angus Reid poll said one of the top issues facing the Greater Toronto Area is transit and transportation. The following candidates have confirmed their attendance: Jennifer Keesmaat, Sarah Climenhaga and Saron Gebresellassi. Mayor John Tory hasn’t confirmed. Send him an email: info@johntory.ca.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-2018-mayoral-transit-debate-tickets-49925570726

 

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Exploring the meaning of progressive trade in Canada

Wed. Sept 26, 1 – 2 p.m.

Webinar

Speakers will explore four aspects of progressive trade: labour rights, Indigenous rights, gender equality and environmental protection. What does “progressive trade” mean? How do the Canadian government’s priorities and policies measure up?

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8948076708755396609

 

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Introduction to Project Drawdown: How we can reverse global warming

Wed. Sept. 26, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Friends House, 60 Lowther (St. George subway)

Project Drawdown is a research-based project underway to actually reverse global warming – to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, as opposed to merely slowing down the rate of emissions. It is not only possible, but feasible and eminently practical.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-project-drawdown-how-we-can-reverse-global-warming-tickets-49651810903?mc_eid=48c86714b8&mc_cid=a7f1b82444

 

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Empathy and Threat Perception: North Korea and the South China Sea

With Professor David Welch

Wed. September 26, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

University College room 140, U of T

Organized by Science for Peace

https://www.facebook.com/notes/science-for-peace/inaugural-peace-lecture/1822754891112277/

 

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Book Launch: The Constant Liberal

Wednesday, September 26, 7 pm

Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil Street

Come and enjoy the launch of Christo Aivalis’ new book, The Constant Liberal: Pierre Trudeau, Organized Labour, and the Canadian Social Democratic Left. There will be paperback copies for sale on a special early release, light refreshments, and brief remarks by the author about his book and the relevant lessons it has for today’s Canada. This event is being co-sponsored by the Toronto Workers’ History Project and the University of Toronto’s Department of History.

https://www.facebook.com/events/498585297233763/

 

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How War Threatens the Environment

Thur. Sept. 27, 8 – 9 p.m. ET

Webinar

Did you know that the U.S. Department of “Defense” emits more carbon into the atmosphere than 160 other nations combined? One of the most destructive of human behaviors, war is a leading contributor to the growing global environmental crisis. In all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat, military operations pollute land, air, and water, destroy ecosystems, and drain limited natural resources.

Register here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/webinar-how-war-threatens-the-environment

 

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American Socialist: The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debs

Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., Rm 5-150, U of T

This is the passionate, thoughtful biography of the founder of the American Socialist Party, five-time presidential candidate and the only presidential candidate in US history to be imprisoned for his campaign platform. The values with which he lived his life and fought for social and economic justice remain in short supply today. Barry Weisleder, editor of Socialist Action newspaper will speak following the film. $4 donation. Part of the Rebel Film Series presented by Toronto Socialist Action.

www.socialistaction.ca

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The PsychOut Conference Continued: The Psychiatrization of Indigenous People as a Continuation of Genocide

Friday September 28, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

The Nexus Lounge at OISE, 12th Floor, 252 Bloor West

Coalition against Psychiatric Assault and the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at OISE presents the mini-Conference: The PsychOut Conference Continued: The Psychiatrization of Indigenous People as a Continuation of Genocide. Featuring as keynote speaker, the remarkable Indigenous academic, activist, Marxist, member of the Onyota’Ka (Oneida Nation)  Dr. Roland Chrisjohn).

Contact: Dr. Bonnie Burstow: bonnie.burstow@utoronto.ca

https://coalitionagainstpsychiatricassault.wordpress.com/events/upcoming-events-2/

 

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Cinema Politica’s The Next 150: Documentary Futurism

Sat. Sept. 29, 8 pm, Doors 7:30

Innis Town Hall 2 sussex Ave, U of T

How do we document that which has yet to occur? Cinema Politica’s The Next 150: Documentary Futurism project seeks to usher in a new kind of filmmaking that brings actuality into conversation with speculation, realism with fantasy. Taking inspiration from Afro-futurism, Indigenous futurism, speculative fiction and non-fiction, Cinema Politica has commissioned 15 short films to inaugurate this new genre. Works created under the rubric of documentary futurism deploy filmmaking approaches and contexts associated with documentary in order to imagine, speculate and represent a “Canada” of the future.

https://www.facebook.com/events/528589380944639/

 

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Pow Wow

Sat. Sept. 29, 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dufferin Grove Park

 

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The Art and Science of Client Attraction and Enrollment With Ease and Joy

Sun. Sept. 30

Inner Arts Collective, 257 Danforth

Attention: Coaches, Therapists and Wellness Professionals: Building your client base does NOT have to be a struggle;  it can be easy, enjoyable and fun … AND aligned with your values.

http://theprosperoushealerblog.com/?p=2741

 

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Champions of Democracy

Mon. Oct. 1, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

CSI Regent Park Lounge, 585 Dundas St E

Join RaBIT in celebrating the candidates for Mayor and City Council who have taken RaBIT’s Candidate Pledge and are committed to implementing ranked ballots for Toronto’s municipal elections in 2022. This event will feature speakers, refreshments, ranked ballot demonstrations and a silent auction.

https://www.rabit.ca/champions_of_democracy

 

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Community Change Festival

Oct. 1 – 4

This event is for community engagers, practitioners, and innovators. It is an opportunity to come together with inspirational leaders from across the country and beyond to share ideas, successes and failures and to take this learning home and apply it to the community change work you’re passionate about.

https://events.tamarackcommunity.ca/community-change-festival?mc_cid=7be99d5681&mc_eid=fda7eefeb0

 

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http://theenergymix.com/

 

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Centre for Social Innovation Events

http://socialinnovation.ca/community/events/listing

 

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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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