Weekly list of  environmental and social justice events and issues.

Updated every Monday.

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Prime Minister Trudeau: No More Delays. No more half-measures. Work with MPs across party lines to protect our communities and the planet.

From a broad alliance of groups. You too can sign here:

https://www.nomoredelays.ca

 

This new Parliament holds the nation’s climate fate in its hands

Critically, let’s see the NDP really bargain hard this time, show themselves to be the climate champions they claimed in this election, and make bold climate emergency action a core condition of their co-operation in the House.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/09/22/opinion/new-parliament-holds-nations-climate-fate-its-hands

 

Movements can seize the opportunities of a second minority government—here’s how

Canada has elected successive Liberal minorities with the NDP holding the balance of power. Lightning has struck twice, and social movements now have a second chance to take advantage and replicate some of the big gains of the past.

https://breachmedia.ca/movements-can-seize-the-opportunities-of-a-second-minority-government-heres-how/

 

Liberals, NDP and Greens: Cooperate to make progress on climate and inequality

https://act.leadnow.ca/Cooperate2021/   

 

Tell party leaders to convene a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform

Our skewed first-past-the-post our skewed voting system gave the Liberal Party 39 more seats than the Conservative Party, despite the Conservatives getting almost 300,000 more votes. And with 18% of the popular vote, the NDP only got 7% of the seats. And 8 million Cdns cast votes for no one. Tell leaders it’s time for electoral reform.

https://fairvotecanada.good.do/act/electoralreform/

 

Dedicated Toronto anti-poverty activist Graeme Bacque was ‘at the heart of many struggles’

Bacque devoted his life to supporting city’s most vulnerable and often voiceless residents

https://www.toronto.com/news-story/10482239-dedicated-toronto-anti-poverty-activist-graeme-bacque-was-at-the-heart-of-many-struggles-/

 

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EVENTS

 

Global Launch of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2021

Tues. Sept. 28, 10 a.m. – noon ET

The annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR assesses the status of new-build programs in existing as well as in potential newcomer nuclear countries. The report also compares the development of nuclear power and renewable energy globally. There will also be several focus chapters on Fukushima, Chernobyl, climate and criminal energy.

https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/ezzsrhaf    

 

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Addressing maintenance and repairs as systemic housing issues

Tues. Sept. 28, 5 – 7 p.m. ET

Learn about how communities can address systemic issues related to maintenance and repairs in rental housing and claim the right to housing.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/addressing-maintenance-and-repairs-as-systemic-housing-issues-in-the-gta-registration-168346983359

 

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What Happens When Recovery Benefit Runs Out?

Tuesday, September 28, 6 pm

When the federal government introduced Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB), Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), these programs were lifesaving for so many. However, these benefits are set to end on October 23. The Labour Community Advocate Training program (LCAT) invites you to attend a free workshop about what we can expect as these programs are concluded. Please reserve your spot by contacting LCAT program coordinator Najib Soufian at 416-445-5819 (ext 26) or nsoufian@labourcommunityservices.ca .

 

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Digital Infrastructure Plan (DIP) for Toronto

Tues. – Wed., Sept. 28 and 29 online presentations

The use of digital infrastructure is one of many tools to help the City achieve its strategic goals and priorities. As the use of digital infrastructure to provide City services and manage assets evolves, how information is collected, used, managed and protected must also advance. The Digital Infrastructure Plan (DIP) will modernize and formalize the roles, functions and procedures within which digital infrastructure decisions at the City are made.

https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/long-term-vision-plans-and-strategies/smart-cityto/digital-infrastructure-plan/

 

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Is your HOOPP pension contributing to the climate crisis?

Wed. Sept. 29. noon – 1 p.m. ET

Shift Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health is a charitable project that tracks the fossil fuel investments of Canadian pension funds and mobilizes beneficiaries to engage their fund managers and shift their retirement savings away from fossil fuels and into climate solutions. Join Shift for this webinar on the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and the climate crisis. Participants will learn about HOOPP’s investments in fossil fuels, how HOOPP is managing the financial risks of climate change, and what it means for the pension savings of Ontario healthcare workers. Please share widely with working and retired Ontario healthcare workers in your life who want their pension invested in a safe climate future.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-healthcare-of-ontario-pension-plan-and-the-climate-crisis-tickets-168635363913  

 

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EcoHack-a-City – Towards a Zero Waste Industrial Sector

Wed. Sept. 29, noon PT

In the Metro Vancouver area, construction, renovation, and demolition waste make up one-third of the region’s total waste. With an objective to move towards a circular economy model in this sector, this public panel discussion will evaluate current practices and processes, and current waste management systems, with a goal of determining how the sector can adapt to achieve zero-waste through the re-use and repurposing of construction, demolition, and deconstruction waste materials.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g5kNWOwCTrGPNdOINZxNPg  

 

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Deep Diversity Book Launch: Fireside Chat

Wed. Sept. 29, noon ET

How do advocates and allies of the anti-racist movement work towards a more just society? Racial justice leader and elder Loretta Ross (author of upcoming Calling In the Calling Out Culture) will join Shakil Choudhury in exploring the evolution of the anti-racist movement from a culture of shame and blame, towards a more compassionate and inclusive approach, keeping racial justice work at the centre of the conversation.

https://animaleadership.com/cafe/  

 

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Smart and Sustainable Homes of the Future

Wed. Sept. 29, 1 p.m. ET

Work-from-home practices driven by the pandemic are dramatically increasing energy demand and consumption in our homes. Moving forward, homes are expected to be the single largest consumer of electricity and one of the biggest contributors to carbon-dioxide emissions. Our homes must not only be more energy efficient, but also have more personalized spaces with uninterrupted power. Smart home systems bring sustainability, privacy, security, flexibility, energy efficiency and comfort to all living spaces. Join us to hear solutions to all of these challenges and get a glimpse of what the net-zero homes of the future look like.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LGmTrriiRP6jy4v6Clt3mg

 

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Protecting Indigenous rights and the Amazon amidst a growing climate crisis

Wed. Sept. 29, 11 a.m. ET

Co-hosted by EarthRights International and Oxfam, this webinar brings together Congressional leaders and Parliamentarians from Canada, the US, and Peru to discuss actions that the international community can and should take to support the protection of Indigenous rights, protect the Amazon, and combat climate change in Peru and other countries in the region.

https://oxfam.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yV5mc-ZFSjq1gsN3TQgGfg

 

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aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival

September 29 to October 2

aluCine 2021 aims to provide an exclusive showcase for Latin-American directors of independent cinema. Designed to promote Latin-American cinema & media art, the festival’s focus will consist of panel discussions, workshops, and artists talks – online and in person.

https://www.alucinefestival.com/

 

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Sustainability in Health Care and Other Sectors – Roundtable

Wed. Sept. 29, 6 – 8 p.m. ET

Hosted by the PEGASUS Institute

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrc-CrrTwsGdwi_BlnReyuHuA7tnClunUj

Learn more about the speakers here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FWSKzTJ2zKpZV2rD6oO0OfusP3qWEJYQG4jrlmeV4M8/edit

 

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Eliminating the Existential Threat of Nuclear Weapons

Thur. Sept. 30, 11 am – noon ET

As experts warn that we are closer to nuclear war than we have ever been, international experts discuss the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and other steps that we can take to eliminate the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons.

http://masspeaceaction.org/event/eliminating-the-existential-threat-of-nuclear-weapons/

 

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Thursday September 30

 

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality https://www.amazon.ca/Things-Know-About-Indian-Reconciliation/dp/0995266522

 

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Orange Shirt Day. Here’s How You Can Participate

Thursday September 30

https://socialinnovation.org/news/2021/09/26/september-30-is-orange-shirt-day-heres-how-you-can-participate/

 

Orange Shirt Day, Honouring Indigenous Survivors

Thur. Sept. 30, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Yonge Dundas Square, Toronto

We are gathering on Orange Shirt Day, as Indian Residential School, Day School, 60’s Scoop and Millennium Scoop survivors to heal, raise awareness and rise together as an Indigenous Community. Mourning the ongoing discoveries of ancestors and healing as Nations of the significant impacts of Canada’s genocides perpetuated to this day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/405553407630115

 

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The Big Social – share food, change lives

October

The Big Social is a fundraiser where Canadians share food to change lives. This October, cook, create, and connect to help fight poverty and food insecurity.

COOK – Make something delicious and drop it off to friends or family.

DONATE – Your donation helps communities across Canada access good food with dignity and funds programs that promote food skills, connection and advocacy.

https://cfcc.bigsocial.ca/

 

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Municipal Fossil Fuel Divestment Webinar

Friday October 1, 2 p.m. ET

With the latest IPCC climate report and the devastating impacts across Canada, there is need to better understand fossil fuel divestment and impact investing. Speakers include Peter Urbanc (Municipal Finance Authority of BC), Anthony Tia and Tim Leung (City of Vancouver) and George Benson (Vancouver Economic Commission). How can municipalities engage with their banks and other financial systems to decarbonize, and to standardizing ESG disclosure?

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/climate-caucus-municipal-fossil-fuel-divestment-tickets-167125808793

 

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