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

Updated every Monday.

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Be sure to VOTE on Monday Oct. 22 for City Council

– Progress Toronto has recommended some candidates: https://www.progresstoronto.ca/campaign-2018-action-plan/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=blast2018-10-21

– Toronto Renewal Project has also endorsed progressive candidates: http://torontorenewal.com/

– TEA (Toronto Environmental Alliance) has some election resources here: https://www.torontoenvironment.org/2018election?utm_campaign=vote_remind_oct21&utm_medium=email&utm_source=toenviro

– Keesmaat wants to be a mayor who finally gathers up all of the planning and urbanist wisdom that circulates in this city and transform those progressive-minded insights into the policies we so obviously require for the coming decades. http://spacing.ca/toronto/2018/10/16/election-keesmaat-carefully-considered/

 

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Petition to Premier Doug Ford: We need a Climate Action Plan

https://cape.ca/take-action/climate-action-plan/

 

The province is asking for input into their climate plan. Please give them some.

Deadline Nov. 16. Here’s what I recommend:

  1. Gas DSM (demand side management) to reduce gas costs by $85 billion.
  2. Corporate average fuel economy standards to reduce emissions from cars and trucks.
  3. Emission caps for large corporate polluters.
  4. Electrify economy via energy efficiency and Quebec power.

https://www.ontario.ca/form/tell-us-your-ideas-climate-change

 

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Alberta Alert: Dead Mines Walking

This incredible piece of research explains why there is no business case for new pipelines to carry tarsands to Asia or the US.

https://theenergymix.com/2018/10/14/exclusive-alberta-alert-dead-mines-walking/

 

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The Anthropocene – special exhibit

On till Jan 6th, 2019

AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario, Dundas and McCaul

A major new contemporary art exhibition that tells the story of human impact on the Earth through film, photography, and new experiential technologies. From the collective of photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.

https://www.edwardburtynsky.com/events/2018/9/28/anthropocene

 

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The Fifth Estate – The Money Pipeline

It’s a story of dark money, dirty politics, and powerful people. When Donald Trump gave TransCanada the nod to build a pipeline that would carry Canadian crude oil to the Gulf of Mexico.

https://watch.cbc.ca/media/the-fifth-estate/season-43/episode-7/38e815a-00d45f52406

 

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VOTE in the Toronto Municipal Election

Mon. Oct. 22, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Municipal politics matter. Our infrastructure, housing, schools, libraries, roads, fire departments and community services are the backbone of our everyday lives.

Find out where you vote, who’s running in your riding, and more here: https://myvote.toronto.ca/home?redirect=Vm90aW5nTG9jYXRpb25fR2V0TG9jYXRpb25z

Be sure to bring a piece of id that has your name and current address (even a utility bill will do).

 

Running to Lead Toronto – Jennifer Keesmaat

From Toronto’s chief planner to its mayor. 27 min. video interview.

https://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/Running-to-Lead-Toronto

 

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Overdose Awareness and Prevention

Monday October 22, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Metro Hall, Rm. 310 (King and John)

In this interactive workshop we’ll cover: Experiences of overdose. We will offer Naloxone training and Nasal Naloxone Kits. Risks of overdose & how to mitigate them. How to spot an overdose – opiates & stimulants. Responding to overdose, including the use of Naloxone. Talking to clients about use, risks, overdose. Why your agency & other places in your community need an overdose protocol. Emerging issues & trends. Free.

Register here: Canadian Harm Reduction Network: CHRN@jhst.ca

 

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We want walkability – but how do we make it happen?

Mon. Oct. 22, 1:15 – 2:45 pm EDT

Webinar

With Walkable City, urban designer Jeff Speck made a compelling case for walkability, but cities struggle with implementation. Join my conversation with him about Walkable City Rules, his follow up “how-to” guide on bringing the vision of walkability to life.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5694086339093716226

 

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2018 Indigenous Education Week

Oct. 22 – 24

First Nations House, 563 Spadina Cres. U of T

https://www.facebook.com/events/235435237327332/

 

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Rally: Stand Up To Protect Our Health Care

Tues. October 23, noon

Queen’s Park (outside Ontario Legislature), College and University Ave.

In the provincial election Doug Ford promised to “end hallway medicine” – that means reopening & restoring services. But, in contradiction to this, he also has planned to make massive cuts to taxes for the wealthy and for corporations. In fact, his proposed cuts to provincial revenues — that is the funding for our health care and all our public services, amounts to $22 billion. That would be the biggest cut in the history of our province and would, without question, require massive restructuring, cuts and privatization in health care. We cannot let the government create a budget crisis & then cut and privatize our hospitals, long-term care, home care, our mental health & other vital health care.

http://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/events/290434918226715/

 

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Objection Handling Clinic with Dr. Bob Willard

Tuesday Oct 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Metro Hall, Room 310, 55 John Street

Suppose you find yourself on an elevator with a senior executive and courageously decide this is your opportunity to convince them to integrate sustainability into their core business strategies. How would you open the conversation? When they throw objections at you, how will you respond? Dr. Bob Willard is an author and expert on sustainability, leadership, culture change, and organizational development. His sustainability resources have helped hundreds of professionals to influence positive and impactful change within their organizations.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sustainability-initiative-objection-handling-clinic-with-dr-bob-willard-tickets-49902027307

 

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Cyberattacks

Tuesday Oct 23, 7 – 9 p.m.

Her Father’s Cider Bar, 119 Harbord Street, Toronto

Project Save the World Invites you to our monthly Toronto Save the World Dinner. This month our “cyberattack team” will be with us as we discuss cyberwar — everything from sabotage of electric grids to destroying (or launching) an enemy’s nuclear missiles to interfering with elections. Family-style dinner (with a vegan option) in private dining room. $29 including tax and tip. Bring a friend.  RSVP by Oct 22 to Metta Spencer: mspencer@web.net

 

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Dark Money

Toronto Screenings Oct 23, 26 & Nov 6

Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor W.

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials.

https://www.darkmoneyfilm.com/

 

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Preparing for Arrest in the Context of Political Work

Wed. Oct. 24, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College St

This in-case-of-arrest workshop will help folks learn to resist the fear of arrest by increasing awareness and knowledge of what it is like to be arrested and face charges in the context of political work. For those who haven’t attended a standard legal workshop we’ll briefly cover our [theoretical] legal rights and common charges, but the focus will centre on the experience of being arrested, navigating jail and the court system, preparing for sentencing and going to jail. We’ll also look at how we can individually and collectively prepare for arrest, what the support process can look like, and why it’s so important. The hope is that by sharing information and demystifying the process individuals will be more prepared and empowered to take action themselves – even when it may involve risk. The workshop facilitator is a longtime local political organizer with experience going through the process of action to arrest to jail and in supporting others through their legal cases.

https://www.facebook.com/events/552237021894991/

 

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Drawdown Materials Summit: Making a difference on global warming

Wed. October 24, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave. (near St. George Subway)

Project Drawdown has identified seven solutions to reverse global warming related to human use and treatment of materials, from alternative cement, bioplastic, household recycling, industrial recycling, recycled paper, refrigerant management, and water saving. Learn more about the materials sector solutions identified and modelled by Project Drawdown. Hear from experts who are making change with materials sector solutions at the individual, corporate and government level. Build a long and local vision for materials sector solutions in Toronto. Offer what you can give and/or request what you need, to help move forward materials-related solutions in Toronto and reverse our greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Free.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/drawdown-materials-summit-making-a-difference-on-global-warming-tickets-49853227345

 

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Webinar: Global Perspectives on War

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Your computer or telephone

How do people around the world think about militarism? You won’t want to miss this interesting webinar featuring three different global perspectives on the impact of war, featuring David Swanson, Kathy Kelly, and Barry Sweeney.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/webinar-global-perspectives-on-war

 

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Follow the Money: On the Corporatization of Higher Education

Thursday, October 25, 7 – 9:30 pm

Friends House, Meeting Rm, 60 Lowther Street (near Bloor & Bedford)

Speakers: JP Hornick , Paul Hamel

This forum aims to open up discussion about corporatization and the impact of neoliberalism on universities and colleges.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1925335640888118/

 

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Planet in Focus – 19th Annual Environmental Film Festival

Oct. 25 – 28

Various theatres: Hot Docs, Innis Town Hall, Royal Cinema, Al Green Theatre, and Revue Cinema

Our goal is to enlighten, engage and entertain audiences of all backgrounds – through film.

http://planetinfocus.org/film-fest/2018-program/#/

 

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Tariq Ali: Where Did the Left Go?

Fri. Oct. 26, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

T.O. Public Library, 789 Yonge

Tariq Ali, one of the most important public intellectuals of the last century, discusses his latest work and his thoughts on the retreat of the Left from democracies around the globe.

https://www.facebook.com/events/474096333074188/

 

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Crazy Water

Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

OISE, 252 Bloor St. W., Rm 5-150

This feature-length documentary from Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen is an emotional and revealing exploration of addiction among Indigenous people in Canada. $4 donation. Part of the Rebel Film Series presented by Toronto Socialist Action.

https://www.nfb.ca/film/crazywater/

 

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Point of No Return

Saturday Oct. 27, 1 pm

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

In 2015, two Swiss pilots took on the groundbreaking feat of flying the world’s first solar powered plane around the world. Point of No Return follows their amazing flight in The Solar Impulse aircraft. A delicate machine, vulnerable to the slightest of changes in weather, the “Solar Impulse” takes them on a risky and unpredictable flight. This film beautifully demonstrates what renewable energy has to offer for the future of air travel but also makes us wonder how much more we can achieve on land. It is a flight of the imagination made real. Co-presented by: Ontario Clean Air Alliance

http://planetinfocus.org/film-fest/2018-program/#/en/film/2808/Point%20of%20No%20Return

 

I have 2 free tix to this screening for the first person that responds requesting them: angela@cleanairalliance.org

 

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch.

Saturday, October 27, Screening 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m, Panel Discussion 8 – 9 p.m.

TIFF Bell Lightbox (King and John)

The Anthropocene, which premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), is the third collaboration between award winning photographer Edward Burtynsky and acclaimed filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. It is a mesmerizing yet disturbing wake-up call to humanity’s massive re-engineering of the planet. The film, along with the exhibit at the AGO, is the culmination of four year’s work and goes far beyond our expectations. Panelists:  Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, moderated by Environmental Defence’s Executive Director Tim Gray. Tickets: $12.82 per/ticket with our discount promo code ED2018. Tickets must be purchased from the TIFF website, please follow the link below and make sure to fill in the promo code!

https://act.environmentaldefence.ca/page/31700/petition/1?ea.url.id=1544895

 

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Hey Movements: Get Lawyered Up!

Sun. Oct. 28, 5 – 7 p.m.

Friends House, 60 Lowther (St. George subway station)

This will be an informal networking event where grassroots organizers can build connections with progressive legal folks. Free.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hey-movements-get-lawyered-up-tickets-51102368560?aff=efbeventtix

 

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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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Subscribes, unsubscribes and submissions: angela@cleanairalliance.org