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greenspiration_eventspage600Weekly list of Toronto environmental and justice events and issues. Updated every Monday.
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The Age of Consequences
This is a mind-blowing documentary that is up on the TVO website temporarily. Catch it while you can. It’s about the connections between military conflicts and climate change.
http://tvo.org/video/documentaries/the-age-of-consequences

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 The nuclear solution to climate change is a SmokeScreen
2 min. video by Fairewinds Energy Education
https://vimeo.com/189456305

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Farmers’ Markets in Toronto by day of the week
http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/06/farmers_markets_in_toronto_by_day_of_the_week/

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Surviving Post-Capitalism: Coping, hoping, doping & shopping
In conversation with Paul Kennedy about his book How Will Capitalism End?, Wolfgang Streeck makes the unnerving case that capitalism is now at a point where it cannot survive itself.
http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/ideas/episode/11635535

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The Case for Divesting from Fossil Fuels in Canada
Video recording with Jeff Rubin starts at 10 min.
https://livestream.com/cigionline/Divesting-from-Fossil-Fuels/videos/156102087?t=1493775076

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Support a New Climate Plan for Toronto
Sign the letter to T.O. City Councillors
http://www.torontoenvironment.org/transformto?utm_campaign=may_news&utm_medium=email&utm_source=toenviro

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All fossil-fuel vehicles will vanish in 8 years in twin ‘death spiral’ for big oil and big autos, says study that’s shocking the industries
http://business.financialpost.com/news/transportation/fossil-fuel-vehicles-will-vanish-in-8-years-in-twin-death-spiral-for-big-oil-and-big-autos-says-study-that-shocking-the-industry

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100 Solutions for Climate Action in Cities
In this guide, you’ll learn about 100 climate solutions from 61 cities in 10 different sectors, from clean energy and transportation to social equity and more.
https://www.climaterealityproject.org/sites/climaterealityproject.org/files/CITIES100_2016.pdf?utm_source=advocacy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=general&utm_content=cities100

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Ottawa Releases Carbon Pricing Plan, Asserts That ‘Polluting Is Not Free’
http://theenergymix.com/2017/05/19/ottawa-releases-carbon-pricing-plan-asserts-that-polluting-is-not-free/

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RCMP labels anti-torture caravan a ‘Criminal Act by Terrorists’ – by Matthew Behrens
http://rabble.ca/columnists/2017/05/rcmp-labels-anti-torture-caravan-criminal-act-terrorists

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Bike Month
May 20 – June 30
A celebration of cycling in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area with hundreds of community events including rides, races, tours, festivals and more.
http://www.bikemonth.ca/events

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Manufacturing Consent – Noam Chomsky Doc
Mon. May 22, 4 p.m.
Bloor Hot Docs (Bloor and Bathurst)
Noam Chomsky is one of the great thinkers of our time and Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick’s landmark masterpiece Manufacturing Consent effectively highlights and clarifies some of his most profound ideas on our present and future. His radical philosophy challenges our very notions of society and democracy that shake us out of our complacency. The film is a brilliant and expansive exploration of Chomsky’s views on the media and its far-reaching power to shape our consciousness and undermine our principles.  The insights here have only become more relevant in the years since and many of Chomsky’s writings have become eerily prescient. Free.
http://boxoffice.hotdocs.ca/WebSales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=64475~fff311b7-cdad-4e14-9ae4-a9905e1b9cb0&

Free films all Victoria Day at Bloor Hot Docs
http://hotdocscinema.ca/responsive/content/free_victoria_day_screenings?utm_source=eBulletin&utm_medium=HDC&utm_content=FREEVictoriaDay&utm_campaign=HDCEvents

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Compassion Circle
Mondays 7 – 9 p.m.
CAMH Bell Gateway Building, 100 Stokes, Sacred Space, 2nd floor, (Queen and Ossington)
Free weekly non-judgmental meditation and discussion support group. Free.
Info: sumeetsaini07@gmail.com

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Toronto: The British Crown, Canada 150, and the Onkwehon:we
Mon. May 22, 5 – 8 p.m.
Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Ave
With Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots) and Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson). Come and hear the viewpoints of the original peoples of this land, as expressed by two Mohawk elders who have devoted their whole lives to their peoples’ struggle for freedom.
https://www.facebook.com/events/640967252764084/

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Leap Discussion with Avi Lewis & Cheri DiNovo 

Tues. May 23, 7 – 9 p.m.
Library Lecture Theatre (LIB72), Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St

The New Democratic Party of Canada voted to endorse the Leap Manifesto as a “statement of principles that is in line with the aspirations, history, and values of the party.” What is the Leap Manifesto and how does it affect you? What Green Energy alternatives are there to fossil fuel, carbon based economics? How can unions, environmental and indigenous liberation activists affect social change in the era of Trump and Trudeau?
https://www.facebook.com/events/118615235365722/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1493487212661059=

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Keep the Promise – a Path Towards Economic Reform

Tour with NDP Democratic Reform Critic Nathan Cullen
Tuesday May 23, 7 p.m.
Stan Wadlow Clubhouse, 373 Cedarvale Ave, East York
The Liberals have broken their platform promise of electoral reform, but there is still another opportunity to turn this around! On May 31, the NDP will put forth a motion in Parliament to accept the recommendations of the all-party committee on electoral reform (ERRE).  If MPs from all other parties vote YES to the recommendations of the ERRE report, then it would pass with the votes of 20 Liberal MPs. Read more about the vote here: http://www.fairvote.ca/errevote/

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/835532179935222/
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Access To Food: Are We Really Secure?

Tues. May 23, 6 – 8 p.m.

Reference Library, 789 Yonge, Beeton Hall

Ryerson University’s Reg Noble shares his expertise in community development, sustainable livelihoods and food security in the context of Canada’s food system. Free.
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Pickering Nuclear Station – tritium, high costs and risk 

Wed. May 24, 7 – 9 p.m.
Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Ave.
The Pickering Nuclear Station is one of the world’s oldest and largest, and it’s surrounded by 2 million people. OPG is now applying for yet another licence extension, this time till 2028. Meanwhile, it continues to release 100 kgs of tritiated water vapour daily – radioactive tritium is a carcinogen, mutagen and teratogen. And it continues to suck up $1 billion tax dollars every year to subsidize its operating losses. Are there other ways to meet our electricity needs that are lower cost and safer? With speakers: – Jack Gibbons, Chair of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, will address the costs and alternatives to extending Pickering’s licence. – Dr. Ian Fairlie, radiation specialist, will address Pickering’s tritium problem.
http://bit.ly/2pDXCD4

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Covering Trump in a Post-Truth Era  – with Amy Goodman, Naomi Klein, Matt Taibbi and more 

Wed. May 24, 6:30 p.m.
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
They are among the world’s most unrelenting truth seekers. In their first live joint appearance, these renowned, award-winning journalists and authors will discuss the pressing need to apply constant, critical pressure on an American president who threatens the very fabric of democracy, journalism, civil society and the truth. Featuring: Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!; Naomi Klein, journalist and syndicated columnist; Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer-prize winner and co-founder of The Intercept; Jeremy Scahill, war correspondent and co-founder of The Intercept; Matt Taibbi, author of the recently published Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus and contributing editor to Rolling Stone, in conversation with David Walmsley, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, on journalism’s response to this ongoing circus and chaotic presidency. $45 and up
https://www.democracynow.org/events/2017/5/amy_goodman_featured_speaker_at_media_as_opposition_covering_trump_in_a_posttruth_era__1390

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Ocean Frontiers
Wednesday May 24, 5 – 7 pm

OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 2286
The distinguished panel will discuss how current practices of resource extraction in marine zones are transforming the physical features of ocean spaces and (geo)political access to these spaces at the global scale. With speakers: Dr. Cindy Van Dover (Duke University), Dr. Phil Steinberg (Durham University), Dr. Catherine Coumans (MiningWatch Canada). Co-sponsors: Faculty of Environmental Studies – York University; Science for Peace

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Sanctuary Cities and the Future of Regularization
Wednesday May 24, 9:30 a.m. – 4 pm
U of T, 246 Bloor Street West
The forum’s morning panel will present individuals’ and front line workers’ struggles and strategies to gain access to City of Toronto services for people without immigration status. The afternoon panel will discuss a variety of approaches and strategies on status regularization for people with no legal immigration status.
http://bit.ly/2pz4pvA.

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Daughter Of The Lake
Wed. May 24, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Hart House,  7 Hart House Circle, East Common Room, U of T

Amnesty International film screening and pop-up Write for Rights event in support of water defenders in Central America. Free (donations welcome).

http://aito.ca
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West End $15 And Fairness Town Hall
Wed. May 24, 6 p.m.

Jane Street Hub, 1541 Jane

Discussion  on raising the minimum wage and better working conditions for all workers. Free.

Info: rileeypeterson@gmail.com
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Marx’s Capital After 150 Years: Critique And Alternative To Capitalism
Wed. – Fri, May 24 – 26

York University

Sociologists, political theorists, economists and philosophers explore perspectives and give insights into the contradictions of capitalism and discuss alternative economic and social models.

http://www.marxcollegium.org

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Winning in the Age of Trump

Thur. May 25, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Centre for Social Innovation (new location @ Lounge), 192 Spadina Avenue

Join us for a night on how we rise up and build power to win in the face of economic, climate and political volatility and corporate attacks. Featuring Greenpeace’s new International Executive Director, Bunny McDiarmid, who will be in Canada for the first time, and joined by renowned journalist and filmmaker Avi Lewis – Co-founder and Strategic Director of The Leap. Hosted by Greenpeace Canada.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/winning-in-the-age-of-trump-tickets-34262844089

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Toronto: A swimmable, drinkable, fishable water city 

Thursday, May 25, 7 – 8 p.m.
Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College Street

Not sure where you can swim in T.O? We have what you need to know (and do!) in this new city of yours. Swim Drink Fish Canada will help you make the transition from “newcomer” to “Torontonian” by giving you the information you need to live life to the fullest in Toronto. Free.
http://bit.ly/2pHQxPu
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Resistance In The Age of Trump
Thur. May 25, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, U of T

Fundraiser for CIUT-FM featuring David Barsamian, radio broadcaster, writer, and founder and director of Alternative Radio, a syndicated weekly talk program heard on CIUT 89.5 FM every Thursday from 10-11 am. $15.

http://www.ciut.fm
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TTCRiders AGM
Friday May 26, 5.30 – 8.30pm
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street
You’re invited to our 2017 Annual General Meeting. TTCRiders is YOUR Toronto transit voice.
http://bit.ly/2oWDImZ

http://www.ttcriders.ca

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Darker Politics: Democracies, Labour Rights and Climate Change in 2017
Fri. May 26, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Innis Town Hall Theatre, 2 Sussex Ave, U of T
The three speakers on the 2017 Darker Politics panel will take up the questions of democratic options in a volatile world; labour and climate change: the impact of Trump’s America; and softwood lumber, Canada and trade. Free.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/darker-politics-democracies-labour-rights-and-climate-change-registration-34322137437

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Gender, Islamaphobia and Resistance
Friday, May 26, 2 – 4 pm
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor Street West, Room 548, U of T
CERIS and the Migrant Mothers Project are please to announce an upcoming a panel discussion to trace the impact of Islamaphobia on Muslim women’s integration and access to social services in Canadian Cities. Panellists will examine political and social contexts that have given rise to new forms of discrimination and barriers for Muslim Immigrant women’s participation and inclusion in Canadian cities. Panellists will also examine different expressions of Islamophobia in Canada: in laws, in policies, in public discourses, and in service provision to Muslim immigrant women and their families. Our discussion will also highlight resistance strategies and counter discourses to Islamophobia, including culturally informed social work practices that resist the social monitoring of Muslim women.

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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Fri. May 26 – June 1
Bloor Hot Docs, 506 Bloor W.
Once our neighbour here in the Annex, Jane Jacobs played an integral role in making sure Toronto looks and feels the way it does today; her successful opposition to the Spadina expressway helped ensure the city was for people first, and cars second. But before she moved to Toronto, Jacobs stood up to the rapid urbanization in New York City. Her 1960 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities criticized modern planners reconfiguration of cities. In particular, Jacobs went head-to-head with power broker Robert Moses who was planning destroy the city’s neighbourhoods in order to create expressways. Citizen Jane follows the battle between Jacobs and Moses, her inspiring drive to fight for what is right against the rich and powerful, and her ideas on urban issues which are even more relevant today.
http://boxoffice.hotdocs.ca/WebSales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=63943~fff311b7-cdad-4e14-9ae4-a9905e1b9cb0&

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Neighbourwoods: Introduction To Community-Based Urban Forestry
Fri. May 26, 2017 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Earth Sciences Library, 5 Bancroft, U of T
LEAF info session on why citizens are the most crucial stakeholders in urban forest management and how inventories (a collection of numbers and facts) can be turned into an action by communities.  $15.

http://yourleaf.org
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Decolonizing Solidarity
Saturday May 27, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road (N. of Bloor)
Film Screening: Not Just Another Case, When Your Loved One Has Gone Missing or Been Murdered (an Aboriginal Legal Services/No More Silence collaboration by Audrey Huntley). Conversations with Leanne Simpson, Zainab Amadahy, Chanelle Gallant and special guest, Kerieva McCormick (Glasgow based Romani activist). With lunch and kids’ activities
https://www.facebook.com/events/1365929116809762/?active_tab=about

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Rail Safety in our Neighbourhoods
Saturday, May 27, 1 – 4 pm.
Christie Gardens Auditorium, 600 Melita Crescent
Safe Rail Communities and Christie Dupont Rail Safety Group are pleased to invite you to a Community Workshop and discussion on Rail Safety, to create an informed and collaborative environment in which participants can become familiar with MySafeRailApp and learn more about community engagement and actions with respect to rail safety.
http://bit.ly/2q3Y8YQ

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How We Challenge the Right – Art vs. Alt
Saturday, May 27, 10 am – 5 pm
25 Cecil Street
Art vs Alt is a day of conversations and a platform for presentations of work by concerned artists, a day to come together to work out how to collectively confront the dramatic rise of the right. Culture has always been a major part of left currency and in the present crisis it may be our most important currency. Let’s move it forward. Let’s ask what we should be doing. The conference is open to anyone interested in the culture and politics of the left. Discussions and plenaries on subjects chosen by participants will be held throughout the day. Artists are also invited to give a 3-minute presentation of their work during four half-hour segments scheduled throughout the afternoon. Come and participate in the presentations and the conversation.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/art-vs-alt-tickets-33057417626
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Toronto Bike Tour – Wavelength

Three Free Concerts in Heritage Buildings
Sat. May 27, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Trinity Bellwoods Park 790 Queen W, T
Bike Pirates lead a tour between venues for free concerts. Fresh Snow (R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, 2701 Queen E) at noon; Contact & Alison Cameron (Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview) at 2:15 pm; Kurt Marble (Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge) at 4 pm, back to Bike Pirates (1416 Queen W) for a DIY after-party from 9 pm.  Bike tour starts 10 am at Trinity Bellwoods park

https://www.facebook.com/events/250058912135448

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Inorganic Market E-Waste Collection
Sat. May 27, 1 – 4 p.m.

Jane/Dundas Library 620 Jane
Drop-off your used electronics, help divert e-waste from landfills and raise awareness around the challenges posed by electronic waste. Free.

facebook.com/events/138248366705099

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Kids Bike Swap

Sat. and Sun. May 27 and 28

Sweet Petes, 1204 Bloor St W.

How does it work? Read here.

http://www.sweetpetes.com/about/kids-bike-swap-pg125.htm
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Doors Open Toronto

Sat. and Sun. May 27 – May 28
18th annual Doors Open Toronto event. This year, we will offer an exclusive look into more than 150 of Toronto’s most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Toronto.aspx

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Lift Cannabis Expo
Sat. and Sun, May 27 and 28, 11 am – 6 pm.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Bldg 255 Front W

Learn about the latest developments in the new cannabis industry from 200 exhibitors from across the world. $30-$45.

http://liftexpo.ca

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Pedestrian Sundays In Kensington Market
Sun. May 28, noon – 7 p.m.

Kensington Market, Augusta south of College, Toronto, Ontario
The monthly celebration of community, culture and ecology offers car-free streets for people to enjoy and features music, street theatre, local vendors and more. Free. Last Sunday of the month, May to October.

http://www.kensingtonmarketbia.com/pedestrian-sundays-in-kensington-market.htm
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Bike With Mike – a celebration of community and cycling
Sunday, May 28, noon – 5 p.m.
Christie Pits Park (Bloor St & Christie St)
Kids bike swap, free BBQ, bike clinics and workshops, bike decorating, free bike safety checks and tune-ups and more. Hosted by Councillor Mike Layton.
http://mikelayton.to/youre-invited-bike-with-mike-2017

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Direct Action: Lessons from the Field
Sun. May 28, 1 – 4 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor W. Rm. 5150
In this workshop we’ll be sharing stories and examples from real-life direct actions and discuss everything that goes in to planning and executing them successfully. You’ll be given tips of what to think of while you’re planning and strategizing and together we’ll share anecdotes and stories that will hopefully leave you feeling prepared, uplifted and inspired to take action. Sliding scale.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/direct-action-lessons-from-the-field-tickets-34468065913

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The Green Majority
Live Eco Radio Show every Friday from 11 am – Noon CIUT 89.5 FM greenmajority.ca

Three Women
Feminist Radio every Monday 4 – 5 p.m.
CIUT 89.5 FM

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Centre for Social Innovation Events
http://socialinnovation.ca/community/events/listing

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Shape My City Events
http://shapemycity.ca/events.php

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Hot Docs
Bloor Cinema (Bloor and Bathurst)
http://bloorcinema.com/

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NOW magazine hosts a very comprehensive online events listing 

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

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