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greenspiration_eventspage600Weekly list of Toronto environmental and justice events and issues. Updated every Monday.

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Read my piece in the Torontoist about the Pickering nuclear station and Ontario’s plans to rebuild our nuclear fleet while abandoning green energy.
http://torontoist.com/2017/02/comes-energy-ontario-sounds-lot-like-donald-trump/

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I can’t keep quiet
The song that has become an anthem of the women’s marches. Powerful and beautiful song. Watch the video at the march that went viral. She’s since produced an official video which you can also watch here. Get your music fix for the day!
http://www.milckmusic.com/watch/

Resist: How to Triumph in Trumpland – 7 min. video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRnb8JVyveU&feature=share

Republicans Are Using Big Tobacco’s Secret Science Playbook to Gut Health Rules
https://theintercept.com/2017/02/05/republicans-want-to-make-the-epa-great-again-by-gutting-health-regulations/

Green movement ‘greatest threat to freedom’, says Trump adviser
Climate-change denier Myron Ebell, one of Trump’s advisors
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/30/green-movement-greatest-threat-freedom-says-trump-adviser-myron-ebell?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Green+Light+2016&utm_term=211621&subid=11012&CMP=EMCENVEML1631

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Chemical Weapons: An Insidious War
52 min. documentary
http://tvo.org/video/documentaries/chemical-weapons-an-insidious-war

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Call or email your Councillor about the City Budget Vote on Wed.
Here’s the message:
1) Please support full funding for the Transform TO $1.6 million budget. The budget is partially funded now but needs $1.1 million for 8 programs currently unfunded.
2) Would you support a motion, on Wednesday at the budget council meeting for full funding of TransformTO?
Background here: www.climatefast.ca/carbonfreeTO

Find your councillors contact info here: http://bit.ly/2jwIENd  cc the Mayor: mayor_tory@toronto.ca and bcc carbonfreeTO@climatefast.ca
And sign the petition to Mayor Tory: https://www.change.org/p/climatefast-let-s-make-canada-s-largest-city-carbon-free
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Libraries Under Attack
Mayor Tory has not backed down from his demand for an across the board 2.6% cut to the budgets of all city services and agencies including Our Public Library. Please watch a short video: http://bit.ly/2lsspP4. And then sign the petition to the Mayor and his Executive Committee to support Our Public Library
http://act.ourpubliclibrary.to/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1723&ea.campaign.id=63963&ea.url.id=845935&forwarded=true

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News through the eyes of Cartoonists
http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/photos/news-through-the-eyes-of-cartoonists/ss-AAlWPNY?li=AAggv0m&ocid=mailsignout

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Next steps to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline
A petition launched by The Nation, the Indigenous Environmental Network, 350.org, and many other groups demands that the 17 banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline divest. This week the Seattle city council voted unanimously to divest from Wells Fargo to protest its financing of the pipeline and Davis, California followed shortly after. On Wednesday, there were demonstrations in front of the White House and across the country to demand a stop to the pipeline. Even as the Army Corps of Engineers granted the final permit for the pipeline and construction restarts, the resistance continues. Native organizers are calling for allies to head to Washington, DC on March 10th for the Native Nations March.
http://standwithstandingrock.net/march/

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Trump. Vaccines. Journalists must ensure that patients come first, which means a fresh approach to covering vaccines

Approaches that label anybody and everybody who raises questions about the right headedness of current vaccine policies—myself included—as “anti-vaccine” fail on several accounts. Contrary to the suggestion—generally implicit—that vaccines are risk free (and therefore why would anyone ever resist official recommendations), the reality is that officially sanctioned written medical information on vaccines is—just like drugs—filled with information about common, uncommon, and unconfirmed but possible harms. And if patients have concerns, doubts, or suspicions—for example, about the safety of vaccines, this does not mean they are “anti-vaccine.

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.j661?ijkey=PLLsazuxmr6PVC1&keytype=ref

Vaccines: Got 12 minutes?

https://www.janetsplanet.ca/blog/vaccines-got-12-minutes

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Stop the Internet Tax

We cannot allow proposals that would raise the price of Internet access. You must take the Internet Tax off the table. Petition.

https://act.openmedia.org/internettax?src=161202
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In honour of Rob Stewart, ban the sale of shark fins in the City of Toronto – petition
https://www.change.org/p/john-tory-in-honour-of-rob-stewart-ban-the-sale-of-shark-fins-in-the-city-of-toronto

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Car-Free King Street
Mon. Feb. 13, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Metro Hall, Room 308/309, 55 John St.
Public meeting to discuss the possibility of a car-free King St. The King Street Pilot Study is about exploring bold, transformative ideas for how to redesign King Street in order to move people on transit more efficiently, improve the public realm, and support business and economic prosperity.
www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot

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Toronto’s Poor: A Rebellious History

Monday, February 13, 7 pm
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St.
Speakers Bryan Palmer and Gaetan Héroux discuss their new book, Toronto’s Poor: A Rebellious History.Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food and shelter in the wake of the many panics, downturns, recessions, and depressions that punctuate the years from the 1830s to the present.

www.twhp.ca

https://www.facebook.com/events/944740475660366/
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12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony
Tues. Feb. 14, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Toronto Police Headquarters, 40 College Street West (College & Bay) Please leave your agency, institutional and organisation banners at home and instead make signs in honour of women, girls, trans and two-spirit people who have died violent and premature deaths. Singers, song keepers and drummers please bring your drums for the ceremony. No More Silence has continued to work hard to create a community-owned database in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network in It Starts with Us – the collaboration has also produced these beautiful tributes: http://www.itstartswithus-mmiw.com/tributes
http://nationtalk.ca/story/support-the-12th-annual-strawberry-ceremony-on-feb-14-2017

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How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things Climate Can’t Change
Tues. Feb. 14, 6 p.m.
Annette Library, 145 Annette St. (W. of Keele)
Join Green 13 for a free screening & discussion of the acclaimed documentary by Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) as he travels the globe to meet with global climate change “warriors” who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming.
Funny, tragic, inspiring and enlightening, the film examines the intricately woven forces that threaten the stability of the planet and the lives of its inhabitants. Although it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences of climate change, this film inspires hope by focusing on what climate change can’t destroy.
http://www.green13toronto.org/event/how-let-go-world-and-love-all-things-climate-cant-change-free-screening

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Ontario Power Generation’s Nuclear Waste Burial Plan: Round Five
Tues. Feb. 14, noon

Online Webinar
Webinar Ten months after receiving a request for additional information from the federal Minister of the Environment, Ontario Power Generation has filed 647 pages of reports which the public now has thirty days to review and comment on. The webinar will provide an overview of key issues, summarize technical reviews by SOS Great Lakes and Northwatch, and help participants move into “ready” mode for the February 17th comment deadline.
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/1ab4c8b3f2eb48f2dc2040ba88984b7b

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Have a Heart Budget Rally against city budget cuts to housing, child care, recreation

Wed. Feb. 15, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

T.O. City Hall, Queen and Bay

This is to save city services currently on the chopping block, and to promote funding for TransformTO. City Council will debate and final vote on the city’s 2017 budget. Join us to demand a fair budget that makes life better for people in our city. Toronto is the most unequal city in Canada. One in four children lives in poverty. Hundreds of thousands are stuck on waitlists for affordable housing, child care and recreation programs. And over the last six years, people who can least afford it have paid the price of TTC and program fees hikes AND service cuts. We say Toronto can do better! City residents need a budget that makes transit, housing, child care, recreation and critical city services affordable AND accessible. After the rally we will go into the City Council meeting and deliver our “Toronto Can Do Better” postcards to the councillors to send a message that we need a fair budget.  The budget meeting will be all day Wed. and Thur. This is open to the public.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1082065165273493/

http://torontocandobetter.ca/2017/02/08/have-a-heart-on-february-15th-rally-for-a-fairer-budget/

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Trump and the Politics of Race, Sex & Gender Identities Across the 49th Parallel
Wed. Feb. 15, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
TRS 1-067, 55 Dundas St. W. (TRSM Building)
US Political Analyst Danielle Moodie-Mills was featured on the CBC’s The National during the US election. She provided a critical, queer, anti-racist commentary that was widely quoted in the aftermath of that momentous day. She will speak on the ongoing politics and political economy of marginal identities, immigration in the US and Canada and the need to mobilize during the Trump years. Sponsored by the Jack Layton Chair (Faculty of Arts)
http://www.ryerson.ca/news-events/events/2017/02/jack-layton-lecture/

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Social Movements as Agents of Change
Wed. Feb. 15, 7 – 9 p.m.
Room UC 144 of University College, 15 King’s College Circle, U of T
Free Public Lecture With Blake Poland, Associate Professor of Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. A Science for Peace event.
http://scienceforpeace.ca/events/

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Solar Bond Info Night
Wed. Feb. 15, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
SolarShare Office, 401 Richmond St W, Suite 240
Come join us for pizza & beer and learn how you can earn 5% – 6% per year by investing in our large-scale solar systems. Free.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/solar-bond-info-night-tickets-31099937751

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Politics And Democracy In America

Wed. Feb. 15, 7 p.m.

Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front E
Canadian Journalism Foundation J-Talks series presents a panel talk with journalists Susanne Craig (New York Times), David A. Fahrenthold (the Washington Post) and Daniel Dale (the Toronto Star) on how to report on a populist president who has sought to demonize and bypass the media. 7 pm. $22-$62. Pre-register.

http://cjf-fjc.ca/j-talks

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Toronto Black Film Festival
Wed. – Sun. Feb. 15 – 19

Isabel Bader Theatre (U of T),  Carlton Cinema (at Yonge) and Jackman Hall, AGO
Films dedicated to exploring Black experiences from around the world and a space to debate the cultural, political and socio-economic issues of the day. Screenings, panel discussions, workshops and more. $10-$25, some free events.

torontoblackfilm.com

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Bursting at the Seams: Film Screening & Talk
Thurs. Feb. 16, 6 p.m.
CRC, 40 Oak Street (near Parliament and Gerrard)
Free event with a meal, childcare, wheelchair access and tokens. Bursting at the Seams is the title of a 20-minute film on the crisis of brutal overcrowding in Toronto’s homeless shelters. We premiered the movie outside Mayor John Tory’s luxury condominium in November. Come watch the movie and hear updates on the fight to win desperately needed shelter and housing in this city.
https://www.facebook.com/events/163041860863039/

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The Thinking Garden
Thur. Feb. 16, 8 – 10 p.m.
Ryerson U, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Rm ENG103, 245 Church St. (at Gould)
A film about South African women sowing the seeds of change. Screening followed by Q & A with Professor E. Vibert, U of Victoria. Admission by donation in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
http://www.ryerson.ca/news-events/events/2017/02/screening-the-thinking-garden/

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David Miller on Green Cities

Thurs. Feb. 16, 1 – 3 p.m.
Hart House Debates Room, 7 Hart House Circle, U of T
Join former Mayor of Toronto and President and CEO of the World Wildlife Protection Fund-Canada David Miller, for a conversation on sustainability, urban forestry, and policy innovation in Toronto with Director of the U of T Urban Studies Program, Professor Shauna Brail. The event will look at how local-level planning has the ability to impact global, wide-reaching change in environmental sustainaibility while also nurturing the local urban environment. What is Toronto doing to be more green? How do social policy and enviornmental policy interact in the city? All welcome. Free. Presented by U of T Foresters’ Club and Hart House Debates Committee.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/david-miller-on-green-cities-tickets-31263032572?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=order_confirmation_email&utm_term=eventname&ref=eemailordconf#tickets

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Land Over Landings: Preserving Agricultural Farmland

Thur. Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Reference Library 789 Yonge
Mary Delaney talks about efforts to preserve the Pickering Federal Lands, earmarked as a site of a future airport, as a source of food and fresh water for Canada’s largest urban centre.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/land-over-landings-preserving-agricultural-farmland-tickets-28396367299
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Shades Of Our Sisters
Fri. – Sun, Feb. 17 6:30-9:30 p.m., Feb 18 & 19, 1-8 pm

Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould

This exhibition invites attendees to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, transgender and 2-Spirit peoples. Free.

http://www.shadesofoursisters.com/#/

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Family Nature Walks: Trekking And Tracking

Sat. Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m.

High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge

Learn to identify animal shelters, tracks, scat and more. Pwyc ($2-$5 suggested).

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Evergreen’s Winter Village
Sun. Feb. 18, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Come celebrate the outdoors at Evergreen’s Winter Village. Spend winter playing outdoors, skating, and tasting the new Street Food Market. Free. Open weekends to February 28.

https://www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/wintervillage/
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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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