Weekly list of  environmental and social justice events and issues.

Updated every Monday.



Towards a Nuclear Weapons Free World

The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been endorsed by 122 nations and will become international law on Jan. 22. Regrettably, Canada has refused to sign or ratify this landmark Treaty. Read the parliamentary appeal here signed by hundreds of Canadian groups and individuals:


Sign the petition to the Gov’t of Canada: Sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons



3 New Offshore Drilling Permits Could Put Canada’s Climate Targets Out of Reach and Endangered Right Whales at Risk



NASA Says 2020 Tied for Hottest Year on Record



Mini-Nukes: Dirty and Dangerous

Canada is investing in “next generation” nuclear reactors, despite cheaper renewable options, underwhelming economic benefits, and no strategy to deal with radioactive waste.



Tell Canada’s Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland: Don’t Subsidize New Nuclear

Once again, the federal government is planning to waste taxpayers dollars on a new nuclear technology which is far more hype than substance with no working prototypes in Canada.



Cleaning up Ontario’s Hydro Mess

As electricity costs soar, the Ford government needs to scrap the Fair Hydro Plan and review all options before doing further nuclear refurbishments.



Ontario’s Electricity future: nuclear or renewable? With Angela Bischoff

Watch my presentation to the Toronto East End Climate Collective last week.



Protecting Ontario’s environmental future: What’s next after Bill 229?

80 min. recording diving into what the attacks on environmental rules mean for Ontario, what we can expect next for our communities, and what you can do to stand up for the water, farmland and natural places we all rely on for our future.



Help Toronto save its green spaces from destruction by Metrolinx – petition



Clown Workshop Series for Climate Activists

6 Sundays on Zoom Feb. 7 – March 14




This is a request for submissions of poetry and musings about the lived experience of the COVID 19 pandemic of 2020/21.  Selected works will be in a booklet published by The Secret Handshake Gallery. Submissions should include author’s name and the date the work was written at the top left of the page.  One poem or musing per submission, not to exceed 36 lines.  Work should be sent to friendlyspike@primus.ca no later than April 15th, 2021.





Just Eat It! Food Waste Challenge

Jan. 18 – 28

Almost 60% of food produced in Canada is never eaten. Reducing food waste is a serious solution to global warming. Drawdown is inviting people to join our challenge to take action on reducing household food waste. Mapping your food waste, how to use leftovers, meal planning, shopping strategies, and decoding best before labels. Learn more and join the challenge here:






Online Advocacy Training for Climate Action in Toronto

Mon. Jan. 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m. EST

Join us to learn how to advocate for a budget at Toronto City Council that will support decisive climate action; skills training in deputations, letter writing, meeting with your elected representative. Speakers include Councillor Mike Layton, Climate Campaigner Michael Polanyi, plus climate activists: Cheryl McNamara, Lyn Adamson, Sharon Howarth, and Joyce Hall.







Implications of the U.S. Election

Tues. Jan. 19, 4 – 5 p.m. EST

Join us for a live talk between esteemed guests John Podesta and Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, moderated by the Hon. Rosa Galvez. This free event – hosted by GreenPAC – examines the role of climate change in the outcome of the U.S. election & how the new administration’s environmental priorities could impact Canada.







Crimes against Nature through the lens of Indigenous Sovereignty

Tuesday January 19, 3 pm PT | 6 pm ET | 11pm GMT

will focus on the legal assessment of how an international law of ecocide would uphold Indigenous governance and sovereignty.






Fostering Positive Relationships between Indigenous & non-Indigenous Peoples

See calendar of events here starting Tues. Jan. 19: https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/event/   

Led by Indigenous Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers, these (90-minute) interactive Zoom-based sessions aim to build positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through truth, sharing, and open dialogue. Weekly sessions.

Learn more here: https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/kbe-virtual-teaching-sharing-circle/  





Breaking the Silence: The Role of Emotions in the Climate Emergency

Wed. Jan. 20, noon – 2 p.m. EST

What does clinical psychology have to add to the climate movement and environmental decision making? More than you may think. In this session, climate psychologist and activist Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD will discuss how to face the hard truths of our climate & ecological emergency, enter “emergency mode,” and help protect humanity and all life.






Transit & the Toronto City Budget 2021

Wed. Jan. 20, 6:30 – 8 p.m. EST

Learn about transit issues in the 2021 Toronto City Budget and prepare to make presentations to Toronto City Councillors.






Why Canada’s Net-Zero Accountability Bill C-12 Needs an Overhaul

Thursday, January 21, 1- 2 pm EST

You can drive a mack truck through the holes of the Net-Zero Accountability Bill C-12. Learn more with Green Party MP Elizabeth May and Ken Love, retired lawyer.






Net Zero by 2050: Pathways, Best Practices, & Building Blocks in Germany – What can Canada Learn?

Thur. Jan. 21. 11 – noon EST

With Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick, the Scientific Managing Director of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy in Germany, and a Professor at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at the University of Wuppertal.

https://ucalgary.zoom.us/j/98424834505   Meeting ID: 984 2483 4505    Passcode: zero2050





Is Basic Income the Solution?

Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m. EST

Featuring John Clarke, co-founder of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, with discussants Gary Porter and others.






Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times: Leadership to Deepen Democracy – Online Conference

Thur. – Fri. Jan. 21 – 22

Building Community, Capacity and Courage with Anima Leadership. Sessions on rising authoritarianism, indigenous storytelling, racial justice, elders circle, and more. Free.






Entry into force day – UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Fri. Jan. 22

This is the day the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force. ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ) will celebrate live from Geneva, Switzerland, with guests connecting digitally from all over the world. The event will track the global entry into force of the historic treaty banning nuclear weapons throughout the world’s different time zones, mixing performances, interviews, in-depth analysis and reportages from artists, politicians, academics and activists around the world. And it will feature unique views of the action happening as people all around the world celebrate the day nuclear weapons become illegal under international law.







The Threat of Nuclear Weapons with Noam Chomsky

Fri. Jan. 22, 2 p.m. EST

As the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force on January 22, join the world-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky to consider why Canada should sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty.






Transformational Change: Building a Mental Health Emergency Service

Sat. Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST

Reach Out Response Networks’ founders, Rachel Bromberg and Asante Haughton will talk about the process they, and others, are engaged in with the City of Toronto to transform Toronto’s mental health emergency response.


Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82827823998





Green Criminology: The Case for the Crime of Ecocide: Governance for more Just Futures

Sat, January 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. EST

Organized by Future Law Institute, this interactive masterclass is designed for civil society representatives, climate justice advocates, policymakers and policy entrepreneurs, lawyers and professionals desirous of building capacity to lobby for environmental regulation at national levels.






Fossil Banks? No Thanks

Sun. Jan 24, 3 – 5 pm EST

TD, BMO, CIBC, RBC and Scotiabank are all addicted to fossil fuels. Learn how we’re planning to help them quit. BankSwitch Workshop w/ ClimateFast




Learn about the Big 5 Banks’ huge investments of our money in expanding fossil fuels and worsening climate change. We their customers can act together to pressure the big 5 into cleaning up their act. We’ll learn how to bring attention to this on our January 29th Day of Action. Find out more and be inspired by this divestment video: https://mazaskatalks.org/#theboycott






The Village Under the Forest – film screening and discussion

Sunday, Jan. 24, 1 pm EST

Join Independent Jewish Voice’s (IJV) Online Chavurah to explore the role of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and its relation to Tu BiShvat, the birthday of the trees.






Kitchen Table Climate Conversation

Mon. Jan 25, 7 pm EST

Participate in a climate conversation as if we were sitting at a kitchen table; learn more, share feelings, create solutions.







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