Weekly list of  environmental and social justice events and issues.

Updated every Monday.

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‘Keystone XL Is Dead!’: After 10-Year Battle, Climate Movement Victory Is Complete

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/09/keystone-xl-dead-after-10-year-battle-climate-movement-victory-complete

https://theenergymix.com/2021/06/10/never-ever-give-up-mckibben-says-as-tc-energy-cancels-keystone-xl/

 

Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy

New report finds the world has more than enough renewable energy potential to replace fossil fuels and meet 1.5ºC target.

https://fossilfueltreaty.org/exit-strategy

 

Canada’s spending $286-billion on warships. We should talk about it.

Don’t waste the money on 15 new warships. Fund a Green New Deal.

https://breachmedia.ca/canadas-spending-286-billion-on-warships/

 

BWXT’s Uranium Secrets

Zach Ruiter and Adam Wynne are concerned about the extent of radioactive contamination around two plants that process uranium – one in Toronto, the other in Peterborough. They discuss the effects of alpha radiation on human cells when ingested or inhaled, and the difficulty of measuring alpha emissions.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfskc3kXQ-I

Transcript: https://tosavetheworld.ca/t222-bwxts-uranium-secrets/

 

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors: not small, not green, not clean, not affordable

Watch the webinar with Canadian leaders here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-L4QvN3QIA

Read the transcript of Dr. Gordon Edwards’ presentation here: http://www.ccnr.org/GE_Webinar_transcript_2020_rev.pdf

 

Should Animals Be Off the Menu?

Animals must be off the menu because tonight they are screaming in terror in the slaughterhouses, in crates, and in cages. Vile ignoble gulags of despair.

https://www.all-creatures.org/articles/ar-wollen.html  

 

Stop the Insanity! Say no to gas-fired power!

3 min. video with Rick Roberts, Canadian actor, produced by Artists for Real Climate Action (ARCA)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvdZ0R8i9CY

Tell the IESO (and your MPP) that you strongly support phasing out gas plants by 2030 and do not support any increase in use of these plants in the interim.

https://www.cleanairalliance.org/ieso/

 

Extend the Bloor (and Dundas) bike lanes from Runnymede to The East Mall

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-john-tory-extend-the-bloor-and-dundas-bike-lanes-from-runnymede-to-the-east-mall

 

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Campaign for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Mon. June 14, 7 – 9 p.m. EST

Join the movement for a fossil fuel free future. Learn about the global campaign for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty https://fossilfueltreaty.org/ and about the campaign for Toronto to endorse the Treaty. Organized by ClimateFast and other member groups in the Toronto Climate action community. All-star panel of climate speakers.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAofuurqD8sH9CRVTXMRNv4pg85jdVbFaKl  

 

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Regime of Obstruction: Exposing and confronting the power of the fossil fuel industry

Free Virtual Conference, June 2021

Regime of Obstruction looks at fossil fuel industry power and how we can challenge it. Taking place over the month of June, this free event series is open to the public. It features talks, panels, workshops and documentary film screenings by academic and community-based researchers, Indigenous leaders, filmmakers and activists.

   –  The Price of Oil, Documentary screening and talk. Monday, June 14, 1 p.m. Pacific time

    – State of play: Fossil fuels and energy politics in Canada. Tuesday, June 15, 11 a.m. Pacific Time

   –  The New Corporation: The unfortunately necessary sequel. Documentary screening and filmmaker talk. Thursday, June 17, 4 p.m. Pacific Time

https://www.corporatemapping.ca/conference/

 

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Virtual Rally to Protest Doug Ford Running Roughshod Over the Constitution

Mon. June 14, 10 a.m. EST

Doug Ford wants to silence his critics by any means necessary. After a judge ruled key parts of his government’s anti-democratic Bill 254 to be unconstitutional, Ford is recalling the legislature to use the notwithstanding clause to override the constitution. On Monday, Ford’s Conservatives will make their attempt to ram through this legislation. Join us at 10 a.m. to virtually pack the gallery and send a message loud and clear: we will not let Doug Ford destroy our democracy.

https://www.powerofmany.ca/defenddemocracy

 

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Pan-Canadian NATO Counter-Summer: Building a National Resistance to the Alliance

Monday, June 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m. EST  

This webinar is timed to oppose NATO’s annual summit in Brussels. We will hear brief presentations about why Canada should withdraw from this US-dominated, nuclear-armed alliance and why NATO should be abolished for genuine peace and security in the world. It is because of Canada’s membership in NATO that Canada is planning to spend 2% of GDP on the military, planning to buy new fighter jets and build new warships, why Canada is not joining the new treaty to ban nuclear weapons and why the Canadian Armed Forces are participating in a massive war exercise now in Europe (Steadfast Defender 2021). We will share ideas and plan next steps to delegitimize NATO and build support for Canada to withdraw.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqcOGoqj4pGdDaZjtXvH-VZD5kbzrYRfyT   

 

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TEA-rivia: An online trivia fundraiser in support of the Toronto Environmental Alliance

Tues. June 15, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) will host its inaugural virtual trivia fundraiser! All proceeds will support TEA’s work building a green, healthy and equitable city. This lively two-hour online event will include multiple rounds of Toronto-themed trivia and will bring together people who are passionate about environmental action and creating a greener city for all.

https://www.torontoenvironment.org/trivia

 

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Aligning Canada’s Policy on Korea Peace with its Feminist Vision

Tues. Jun 15, 7 p.m. EST

Canadian launch of the Korea Peace Now’s “Path to Peace” Report with Christine Ahn, Ambassador Jacqueline O’Neill, & others. Organized by the Women Peace & Security Network-Canada

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqdu2uqDwuHte9ZRIO0fUmCxstBNHRbrP2

 

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Public Banks: Decarbonisation, Definancialisation and Democratisation

Tues. June 15, 3 p.m. EST

Although seldom discussed in the North American context, there are more than 900 public banks in the world, holding close to $50 trillion in assets. Some are deeply problematic institutions with little transparency, while others have demonstrated their potential to play a catalytic and even democratic role in social, economic and environmental transformation. Marois will discuss the central theoretical arguments of his book as well as the potential for public banks to play a more significant role in North America amidst a resurgence of interest in (re)making public financial institutions.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MlP5RxBlR-yq_iAAe5rN4g

 

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The Peoples’ Summit – Protecting Areas in Ontario

June 15 – 17

The Peoples’ Summit, a virtual event, will showcase stories of action to protect Ontario’s special places. Find out how you can help increase nature protection in the province through an equitable, inclusive and collaborative process. Register to hear amazing speakers on:

    Indigenous led initiatives

    Private & public opportunities in every region of Ontario

    Urban sites

    National Marine Conservation Areas

    Ecological linkages and wildlife corridors

https://peoplessummit.ca/

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-peoples-summit-protecting-areas-in-ontario-tickets-157498441077

 

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Climate Change in the Canadian Media | Webinar + Report

Wed. June 16, noon – 1 p.m. EST

What’s the current state of climate coverage in the national media and what are the implications for communicators? Join communications experts Cara Pike and Chris Hatch to hear the results of a spring 2021 media analysis. We’ll unpack the hot topics and emerging narratives, followed by a discussion about messaging and strategy.

http://bit.ly/Canadian-media-analysis

 

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Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMNR) – Dirty, Dangerous and Expensive Distractions from Climate Action

Wed. June 16. 8 pm EST

Do you want a Small Modular Nuclear Reactor close to the Winnipeg River in Pinawa, Manitoba, 120 km northeast of Winnipeg? Join the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition for an online information session.

https://www.mbenergyjustice.org/no_nuclear 

 

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Voices for Peace – Radical Hope, Radical Resistance Event

Wed. June 16. 7 pm EST

The history of the relationship of Church and State with Indigenous peoples has been described by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission as one of “cultural genocide.” How is it that we formally acknowledge this violence, and then proceed to create the conflicts that produced the protests at Standing Rock and in Wet’suwet’en territory? How might we, as peacemakers, foster healing and reconciliation? We begin by listening, and then we take the difficult step of reimagining what we thought we knew.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/voices-for-peace-2021-radical-hope-radical-resistance-event-2-tickets-151897542639 

 

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Food Security with Sarah Wakefield

Wed. June 16, 3 p.m. EST

Drawing on her twenty years of research on food security, food systems, and alternative food movements in Canada, in this webinar Dr. Wakefield describes how food activism in Canada has evolved over time.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvf-yhrTMsGNY54NZvav1Lo-D_v4qd8nAf

 

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Natural Climate Solutions for Canada: New Science Led by Nature United Shows Nature’s Potential to Tackle Climate Change

Wed. June 16, noon EST

Natural Climate Solutions for Canada is a peer-reviewed study involving 38 leading experts from academia, governments and non-governmental organizations in Canada and the U.S. The study examines four land types (agricultural lands, forests, wetlands, grasslands) and 24 pathways that, undertaken in the next decade, have the potential to cut Canada’s emissions.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WGC4PVqUQgufUsGjO8bhAQ

 

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Painting the town red

Wed. June 16, 2:30 EST

In Preston and Salford (UK) we saw the difference socialist councils can make when we empower and transform our communities.  If Labour wants to buck the trend of national decline, we need to learn from these examples. Join us and socialist local government leaders to learn how to build community wealth in your town or city.

https://momentum.nationbuilder.com/community_wealth

 

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Water Conversations – Growing the Greenbelt

Wed. June 16, 6:30 p.m. EST

This session will focus on coordinating efforts to maintain momentum around the Ontario government’s consultation to grow the size and further enhance the quality of the Greenbelt. Participants will learn about what other organizations are doing, get an update on what is happening provincially, and discuss potential joint priorities and actions, and how they can work together. Hosted by the Canadian Environmental Law Association, Environmental Defence and the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqdOGvqD8sGdMMuTGXLrvW6iTIf1RP4VnI

 

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Water for Life, Not Wall Street

Thur. June 17, 10 a.m. EST

Mike Balkwill (Wellington Water Watchers campaign Director) will moderate a webinar on the implications of Triton Water Holdings Canada acquisition of Nestle Waters Canada. Mike will be joined by Shane Philips, Rod Whitlow (Six Nations) and Sam Demby, who has done research into the private equity firms behind the Triton corporation

https://www.wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca/water_webinar_water_for_life_not_wall_street

 

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International Solidarity Now: A Gathering for a More Just Canadian Foreign Policy

Thur. Jun 17, 7 p.m. EST

The live event will feature short presentations from brilliant organizations highlighting how they are helping to build a more just Canadian foreign policy. We will also hear from John Clarke, El Jones & Avi Lewis on the importance of internationalism & activism. Organized by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/tJIrdeihrjsuHdQ1FI86DO1QPXdyclE6IDBP/success?user_id=V35u6lkiSYudQod-scxT0g&timezone_id=America%2FMontreal

 

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Islamophobia: The Long History of a Violent Present

Thur. June 17, 6 p.m. EST

Please join us for this important lecture on the long genealogy of today’s Islamophobia in the West, by prominent scholar Dr Asma Barlas (Professor Emerita of Politics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ithaca College, USA). Program will also include a screening of the first (of 5) video in the ‘Islamophobia Is’ series (https://islamophobia-is.com/) – and accompanying resources on systemic Islamophobia in Canada – and Q&A with Prof Barlas.

https://www.facebook.com/events/525384905547811

https://www.facebook.com/NoorCulturalCentre/live

 

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The Atom: A Love Affair

Canadian Film Premiere and Panel

— Watch the Film — June 23 to 28

Nearly everyone has an opinion about nuclear power but far fewer know its history and the complex social and political forces that have shaped it. The Atom: A Love Affair tells the inside story of how we got here over seven eventful decades. Capturing both the tantalizing promise and the repeated disappointments, the film reveals how the post-war, romantic fantasy of an atom-powered future developed into the stormy, on-off relationship still playing out today. This is the turbulent story of the West’s love-hate relationship with nuclear power over the past 70 years. 90 minutes. $10

Watch the trailer and the film:

https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/atom-film-canada     

 

— Panel Discussion with UK film producer/director and Canadians working for a nuclear-free future

Mon. June 28, 7 p.m. EST

Canada has supported the nuclear industry since the 1940’s. From coast to coast to coast we now have a stockpile of toxic radioactive tailings from uranium mines to nuclear sites all along the nuclear fuel chain. Seventy years later we’re still searching for a long-term solution to store the deadly waste which will need to be isolated from the environment for a million years. And now industry is begging for more taxpayer hand-outs to build out more nuclear reactors – SMRs (small modular nuclear reactors). Learn why this should concern you and what the alternatives are. The webinar will be hosted and moderated by Angela Bischoff of the  Ontario Clean Air Alliance and will feature:

– Film Producer/Director Vicki Lesley @tennerfilms

– Dr. Susan O’Donnell, University of New Brunswick addressing the push for SMRs in Canada (small modular nuclear reactors)

– Brennain Lloyd, Northwatch addressing the problem of nuclear waste in Canada

– Dr. Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility addressing the connection between SMRs and weapons proliferation

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-atom-a-love-affair-post-film-panel-discussion-tickets-157669665213

 

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