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


Safety is the first casualty of Toronto’s road transport model

For too long, we’ve accepted broken bones, bodies, and lives as a fair price for the lure of a speedy (solo) car ride from A to B.


Protect Our Water and Farmland from Costly Sprawl

Join us in standing up for the Greenbelt and Growth Plan – write the Premier today and urge her to protect and grow the Greenbelt and stop sprawl for good


Trudeau, reject Trump’s climate denial

If you are serious about action on climate change, stand up to Trump by condemning the approval of Keystone XL.. petition.


Cellphone in your pocket? CBC’s Marketplace investigates why you might reconsider

23 min. podcast


How to be an Ally – Islamophobia at the Intersections


Protect the Bloor bike lane: Make it Permanent

Please click here to send a pre-written note to the mayor and councillors urging them to make the Bloor bike lane permanent.


Seven-stop Scarborough LRT the best option for transit riders

We are calling for the Mayor and Council to revisit the decision to construct only a one-stop subway; a subway that would result in less transit for Scarborough. It’s time for our politicians to understand that we do not just want one stop on the subway; we want transit that takes us to work, school and all the opportunities this city has to offer. Transit needs to help all of us, not just those who can drive to a subway station. Comfortable, modern LRT trains, that actually increase the number of local stations, are the best option for Scarborough!

Check out for the latest blog posts on this issue.


Eco-Friendly Roommate Wanted For End User Wireless-Free Safe House for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Opening for a caring roommate in a one-storey, hardwood floor, plaster walls, old and quaint bungalow, 1500 sq ft, near a ravine for clean air. In-house washing machine. Near Jane and Dundas. Many medically required environmental house rules, far beyond no smoking. Call Dianne 416-551-7259 – Love to hear from you.


Learning to Steer: Reflections and Progress on Reducing Urban GHG Emissions

Monday, March 27, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, U of T

Free panel presentation.


The Specificities of Indigenous Spaces at U of T

Mon. March 27, 7 – 9 p.m.

OISE, NEXUS Lounge, 12th Floor, 252 Bloor W.

This special event aims to explore Indigenous people’s designs for campus space. The event will involve Indigenous faculty, staff, fellows, and students – and others who might take up these roles if our institutions had already undertaken the work of decolonization. Indigenous knowledge keepers, artists and educators will come together to share ideas for what campus space could look like. The event will take the form of a ‘fishbowl’: invited participants will begin in the middle of the space with the audience around them listening. People from the audience will then be invited into the middle of the fishbowl to share back what they heard.


Canada’s Democracy At 150

Tues. Mar 28, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Isabel Bader Theatre 93 Charles W (near Bloor and Ave. Rd)

Join us for Samara Canada’s Democracy 360 report release, featuring Jane Hilderman and Dave Meslin in conversation with Amara Possian, Annahid Dashtgard, Elamin Abdelmahmoud and Nate Erskine-Smith. In the year of our country’s 150th birthday, Canadians are feeling a new urgency to talk about the health of our democracy, and a vision for the next 150 years: How is Canada’s democracy faring? How can we renew our democracy and guard against its decline?


Democracy Rising: Politics and Participation in Canada

Book launch with Bill Freeman

Tuesday, March 28, 6 – 8 pm.

Ben McNally’s bookstore, 366 Bay Street (south of Queen)

CommunityAIR activist Bill Freeman draws on his lifetime commitment to social justice, and his long time involvement with community organizations to write a new book on our way forward.


Syria: Past, Present, Future

Wednesday, March 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

Room UC 152, University College, 15 King’s College Circle, U of T

Free Public Lecture With Paul Kingston, Professor of Political Science, U of T. At about 8:15 the audience will move into room 179, University College, to watch a new documentary film, “The Crossing,” about Syrian refugees. The directors and Professor Kingston will answer questions after the screening. A Science for Peace event.


How to be an ally: Blanket Exercise with Jason Rocky Carter 

Wednesday, March 29, 6 – 8:30 pm

CSI Lounge, Centre for Social Innovation – Regent Park, 585 Dundas Street East, 3rd floor

The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Speaker: Bear Standing Tall


The Toronto Housing Crisis is Coming For You: A Salon

Wed. March 29, 7 p.m.

460 College, No One Writes To The Colonel

Toronto, the housing crisis is leaving no stone unturned. If you’re young, or not a millionaire, housing insecurity has now become just a fact of life. What accounts for the insanity in our rental market? Where did all the housing go? What can you, yes you, do about it? Join us for a gathering and a discussion on the causes, effects and (potential) solutions to the Toronto housing crisis.


Antarctica: Ice and Sky

Wed. March 29, 8:30 p.m.

Bloor Hot Docs (at Bathurst)

From the director of March of the Penguins comes this extraordinary encounter with the awe-inspiring and strange landscapes of Antarctica. With sweeping cinematography, we are introduced to the story of pioneering climate scientist Claude Lorius and his ground-breaking findings. Now 83, he reflects on his adventurous life and love of the natural world he has seen change before his very eyes. A bittersweet tribute to a life of passion, reflections on Lorius’s formidable career are set against delightful and breathtaking encounters with penguins, ice floes and shooting stars. Antarctica: Ice & Sky is both a beautifully personal biography and a provocative call to action.


Starting a Community Garden — the Vision and Making it Real

Wed. March 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

St. Matthews United Church 729 St. Clair W., corner of Rushton (in the Oakwood Room)

You’ve probably heard that community gardens can be a great way to meet new friends, have fun, and build community while growing local, sustainable food. But how do you actually start one? What’s it like being part of a successful “on-growing” garden? What are the opportunities for community gardening in and around our own neighbourhood? Whether you are an aspiring gardener, an existing gardener, or just curious, please join us.


Don’t Shoot The Messenger! The Importance Of Whistleblowers In The Public And Corporate Worlds

Wed. March 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson 80 Gould, Rm 103

Whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Nancy Olivieri are often the only way journalists and the public learn about illegality and wrongdoing. Yet whistleblowers typically pay a huge price for their openness and honesty. Why is that? What can be done to protect them and the public interest. Three prominent experts will share their views in this session co-sponsored by CBC Ideas. Free.


Water Docs

Wed. – Sun. March 29 – April 2

Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor W), OISE (252 Bloor W), and CSI Annex (720 Bathurst)

Water Docs is a documentary film festival celebrating all things water. Enjoy the features and shorts, take part in lively discussions with filmmakers and guest speakers, learn about water issues, and discover action possibilities from our featured community partners. There is a $20 pass available that covers all the screenings. (If you purchase this pass, they ask that you register for each of the events that you  attend, so they can track numbers.)


Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival 

March 29 – April 6

TIFF Bell Lightbox, King and John

Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.


Toronto Youth Cabinet – Anti Oppression Training

Thur. March 30, 6 – 9 pm

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West

This session will focus on the basics of anti-oppression through an intersectional lens. We will talk about equity, identity and privilege and what these things look and sound like in real life. All are welcome to attend, regardless of how you self-identify.


Green Neighbours 5 Inaugural Meeting

Thur. March 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Stonegate Community Health Centre, 150 Berry

Learn about TransformTO – the city’s plan to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. Find out what green initiatives the city is taking and how local activities can help green the Ward. Free. For more info:


Humans of the North: The People of Canada

Thur. March 30, 7 – 11 p.m.

Great Hall, 1087 Queen W.

In Celebration of Canada’s 150th, an interactive art event showcasing Canadians and their stories through portrait photography with performances by Julia Tomlinson & DJ Jesse Futerman. All proceeds benefit local charities. $25.


Trade Unions and Populist Politics: What the Trump Presidency Truly Means for Labour
Thursday, March 30, 5 pm
Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, Music Room, U of T
Join Woodsworth College and the Centre of Industrial Relations and Human Resources for our Annual Sefton-Williams Lecture. Speaker: Richard Yeselson, Labour Journalist


Fighting For $15: Building Unity In The Era Of Trump

Fri. March 31, 6:30 – 9 pm.

Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor

Forum on building a strong, multiracial workers’ movement with Kendall Fells (ational organizer of U.S. Fight for $15), Ashley Cathey (fast food worker) and Deena Ladd (Workers’ Action Centre, Toronto). Moderated by Desmond Cole. Free.


The Yoga Conference and Show

Fri. – Sun. March 30 – April 2

Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Front and John St.)

300 Engaging Exhibitors, 700 Hours of World Class Sessions


Towards the Unknown: Refugee Journeys Photography Exhibition 

Fri. – Sun. March 31 – April 2

Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

The Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring the work of photojournalist Tanya Bindra, the first recipient of the annual Ali Mustafa Memorial Award for People’s Journalism. The award was established in 2014 to honour Ali Mustafa, a Toronto-based photojournalist who was killed by a Syrian regime barrel bomb in 2014. Tanya has been documenting the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in Germany, Italy and Greece. Opening reception Friday, 7 – 10 p.m.


Repair Café: Clothing & Jewellery Repair

Sat. April 1, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Annette Library, 145 Annette

Mini-version of the event where volunteers fix your stuff. Free.


Conscience Canada Annual General Meeting

Sat. April 1, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth

Monologues from Theatre of the Beat’s Yellow Bellies. People interested in conscientious objection to military taxation are welcome.


Laugh For The Environment

Sat. April 1, 1 – 4 p.m.

Second City, 51 Mercer

Comedic fundraiser for Toronto Green Community. The show will feature acts that will range from Spoken word, Magician, to Improv and Stand-up comedy plus a silent auction.  $20 advance, $25 door


Fifty Years ‘Beyond Vietnam’: Dr. King’s Revolutionary Dream Against Our Neoliberal/Neofascist Nightmare

Saturday, April 1, 5 – 7 p.m.

Bloor United Church, 300 Bloor St W (@ Huron)

Seminar Series Presented by Robin D.G. Kelley Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History, UCLA. Opening with: Lee Maracle, author, instructor and traditional teacher and Faith Nolan, celebrated social justice activist and musician.


Scarborough Seedy Saturday and Green Fair

Saturday April 1, 11 am – 4 pm

Blessed Cardinal Newman High School, 100 Brimley Rd South (south of Kingston Road).

A seed exchange with heirloom seed vendors, gardening booths, environmental organizations, green living ideas and great workshops on growing and living sustainably. Over 60 exhibitors and many workshops. Contact:


5th Annual Toronto Mapuche Solidarity Film Festival

Sat. and Sun. April 1-2

U of T

All non-english docs with subtitles.


Medical Cannabis: The Patient Experience

Sun. Apr 2, 1 – 4 p.m.

Centre for Social Innovation Annex, 720 Bathurst

Event aimed at helping decrease stigma surrounding medical cannabis and increasing patient access to this much needed treatment option with nurses and patient care staff available for information, and interactive panel, booths and workshops. Free.


Green Roof Biodiversity

Sun. Apr 2, 2:30 p.m.

Emmanuel College 75 Queen’s Park Cres

Illustrated lecture by bee expert Scott MacIvor. Free.


Allan Gardens Food and Clothing Share for the Street Community

Every Sunday, 12 noon – 3 pm.

Allan Gardens Park, Carlton and Sherbourne

Please consider donating your gently used clothes and footwear to our Indigenous-lead, Grassroots initiative so that we can help the downtown east Homeless Street Community, and those recently Housed ease the burden of acquiring good, Seasonal clothing. *Donations accepted on site, Sundays.* We are still in need of warm clothing, as Climate change seems to have shifted our Winter months; however we are also shifting into Spring Clothing. We are ALWAYS in desperate need of MEN’S CLOTHES, particularly 34-36 waist jeans, Med / Large / XL hoodies, t-shirts, jackets; jockey shorts, and socks. Toiletries are also welcome; perhaps the mini toiletries from your hotel stays? We are also looking to partner up with a local restaurant(s) to support us once a month (or as often as possible) with a meal donation. Email:


The Green Majority

Live Eco Radio Show every Friday from 11 am – Noon CIUT 89.5 FM

Three Women

Feminist Radio every Monday 4 – 5 p.m.

CIUT 89.5 FM


Centre for Social Innovation Events


Shape My City Events


Hot Docs

Bloor Cinema (Bloor and Bathurst)


NOW magazine hosts a very comprehensive online events listing



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