Weekly list of  environmental and social justice events and issues.

Updated every Monday.

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Biden’s climate initiatives put Trudeau on the spot

Canada’s plans look like mere greenwashing compared to the EU, China and the U.S. The latest “all of the above” formula, announced in December 2020, is one where the minuses cancel the pluses.  For example, tar sands emissions have gone up 456% between 1990 and 2018 and if the entire reserves are to be exploited, it would exceed the world’s carbon budget.  This is less than a zero sum game.  Emissions went up between 2017 and 2018.

https://ricochet.media/en/3500/bidens-climate-initiatives-put-trudeau-on-the-spot  

 

Don’t let Premier Ford fast-track two massive highways through Ontario’s Greenbelt, rivers and forests

https://act.environmentaldefence.ca/page/74477/action/1  

Highway 413 is a proposed mega-highway west of Toronto that was cancelled by the previous Ontario government, but revived by the current one. This unneeded highway will cause irreversible environmental damage within federal jurisdiction, including harm to fish habitat, multiple federal species at risk, and dozens of significant wetlands, forests, and important ecosystems.

https://www.barrietoday.com/local-news/concerns-around-proposed-holland-marsh-highway-growing-among-environmental-groups-3317738

 

Call on Canada and Ontario to establish an immediate moratorium in the Ring of Fire

We now invite you to join us as we call on Canada and Ontario to honour and protect inherent Indigenous and treaty rights, and to take immediate actions to address the urgent health, housing, and water crises facing communities. Mining interests cannot continue to be prioritized over the health, lands, and natural laws of Indigenous peoples.

https://cela.ca/call-for-a-moratorium-in-the-ring-of-fire-to-protect-watersheds-and-indigenous-rights/

 

100 Groups Demand Transparency in Canada’s Review of Radioactive Waste Policy and Waste Management Strategies

The groups have expressed deep concern over the recently announced review of Canada’s nuclear waste policies. Particularly, they wrote, it is worrisome that the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, which is a conglomerate of nuclear power generators, be given a leading role in conducting this review.

https://cela.ca/100-groups-demand-transparency-in-canadas-review-of-radioactive-waste-policy-and-waste-management-strategies/

 

Wayne Scott Community Service Award

The Wayne Scott Community Service Award has been established in Wayne’s memory to recognize a community group that makes a special contribution to the cause of active transportation by fighting for equity, health, climate justice, or road safety — issues to which Wayne devoted many years of effort and passion. We hope to award a community group chosen each year for the next five years with the funds that are raised in Wayne’s honour.

https://gofund.me/7ec4d6fc

 

Supporting an Aging Parent and Ontario’s Energy Mix

40 min. podcast featuring me.

https://www.pandemyshow.com/episodes/episodes-caregiving-nuclearenergy-frackegas-mbl2d-3e67f-pzscp-ygd5m-x5d75-pyyg3-nhkmd

 

Power Struggle

March 1 – 30. This film shows the story of Vermont citizen activists struggling to close their nuclear reactor, Vermont Yankee. They won!

https://turningtide.vhx.tv/products/power-struggle-beyond-nuclear

 

Let’s get Toronto onboard the gas plant phase-out train

The Ford gov’t is planning to ramp up gas plants by more than 500% blowing our climate commitments. If you are a resident of Toronto, please send your Councillor and Mayor John Tory a message telling them to support the gas plant phase-out motion which has been signed by 15 other municipalities already.

https://www.cleanairalliance.org/toronto/

 

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Kitchen Table Climate Conversation Webcast Series

Mon. March 1, 7 – 9 p.m. EST

Some of the most important subjects are the most difficult to talk about. This 1st in a 4-part series focuses on bringing people together.  With Kitchen Table Climate Conversations (KTCC’s), we support you in reaching out and gathering people round your virtual table for an open but structured conversation about climate justice.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/part-1-bringing-people-together-registration-133651580475   

 

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Impacts and Challenges of Plastic Pollution Facing the Great Lakes Basin

Mon. March 1, 1 p.m. EST

Studies in the Great Lakes basin are showing an ever-increasing presence and impacts associated with plastic pollution. Solving this problem will require a binational response. Unfortunately, the U.S. and Canadian governments responsible for protecting the health of the Great Lakes Basin have not yet worked together to address this cross-basin problem. On the contrary, at the end of last year, the two federal governments took an action that is likely to make the risk greater. Learn about this new Canada-U.S. arrangement.

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pfu-vqzgtHNxl3KTu6PvszZh3zm0OhnsJ     

For more information:  https://cela.ca/impacts-and-challenges-of-plastic-pollution-facing-the-great-lakes-basin/   

 

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The Arrest of Meng Wanzhou & the New Cold War on China

Mon. March 1, 7 p.m. EST

Hearings in the extradition trial of Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei, are scheduled to resume March 1. Her arrest was a colossal blunder by the Trudeau Government, motivated by Trump’s political, economic, and security ambitions to create a new cold war with China. Our panelists will discuss the alarming rise of Sinophobia and anti-Chinese rhetoric in Canada.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/newcoldwaronchina   

 

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Demand Toronto drop legal action against Toronto Tiny Shelters

Mon. March 1, 12 – 6 pm

Join SURJ Toronto and Encampment Support Network in calling & emailing City Councillors and other City Staff to demand that they drop the notice of legal action against Khaleel Seivwright, creator of Toronto Tiny Shelters, create rent-geared to income housing, ban encampment evictions, end the criminalization of poverty, and defund the police – including Parks Ambassadors.

https://www.facebook.com/events/243439067435425/

 

If you think it’s wrong for a Mayor to criminalize a good Samaritan for building safe shelters for homeless people, sign the petition.

https://act.leadnow.ca/TO-tiny-shelters/

 

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War Abolition 101: How We Create a Peaceful World (online course)

March 1 – April 11

War Abolition 101 is a six week-online course providing participants an opportunity to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world. How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace? What must we understand and know about the war system if we are to dismantle it? How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular wars, ending all wars, pursuing disarmament, and creating systems that maintain peace?

https://actionnetwork.org/ticketed_events/warabolition101/    

 

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Powering Past Coal Global Summit 2021

March 2 – 4

UK and Canadian Governments will co-host a virtual PPCA Global Summit to boost international commitment and cooperation to shift away from coal power generation ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021.

https://poweringpastcoal.org/summit-2021   

 

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RIP Tooker

March 3 – It’s been 17 years since we lost the beloved Tooker Gomberg. If you didn’t know him, you can learn about him here: http://greenspiration.org/tooker/bio-tooker-gomberg/ Read some memorials to him here: http://greenspiration.org/tooker/memorial/ A brilliant writer, you can read some of his articles here: http://greenspiration.org/tooker/tookers-collected-writings/ Get inspired by some of his election materials: http://greenspiration.org/tooker/tookers-election-campaigns/  And enjoy Tooker, Le Monde à Bicyclette (4 min. song by Mike Ford). http://greenspiration.org/tooker-le-monde-a-bicyclette-song/ I wonder what Tooker would be up to today if he were around…

 

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Fossil Banks, No Thanks

Wed. March 3, 1 p.m. EST

On Feb. 25, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) promised to achieve net-zero emissions across its lending operations by 2050. But what’s the real story behind such marketable, apparently green, Big Bank announcements? Since the Paris Agreement, Canada’s five major banks have financed fossil fuels to the tune of $C 610 billion globally, while providing 70% of the money for tar-sands expansion (C$93 billion). Join Time 4 Action for a thorough examination of Canadian and

international bank support for the destructive fossil fuel industry.

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

 

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How We Win: Knocking Down a Developer and a Pipeline

Wed. March 3, 7 – 8 p.m. EST

The response to the Ford government’s attacks against Conservation Authorities is gaining momentum.  Individuals, communities and grassroots organizations are coming together to oppose, and successfully stop, environmentally destructive developments. Join us for our new monthly webinar where we’ll follow actions across our province. 

https://mcmaster.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvc-GrrzojG9flrdi_4yM7n-qs2skEPDT

 

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The Evolving Science of Fluoride Neurotoxicity

Wed. March 3, 4 – 6 pm EST

with Christine Till, associate professor of psychology at York University, and adjunct scientist to the Neurosciences and Mental Health Program at SickKids. This presentation will examine why many questions about the safety of fluoridation are still not settled after 75 years of promoting this public health practice. Dr. Till will then discuss recent research related to the potential for adverse health outcomes associated with fluoride exposure.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-evolving-science-of-fluoride-neurotoxicity-tickets-136512315009  

 

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International Update on Nuclear Waste dumps

Wed. March 3, 7 p.m. EST

Canada is considering a site for dumping our high-level nuke fuel waste, while Ontario is considering dumping low and int. nuke waste, also in a deep hole. There is no operating deep geological repository for nuclear fuel waste anywhere in the world. This session will provide an overview of DGR programs in other countries.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5c0H6pdbRn2hlt9xUSeMKg   

 

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The Future of Ontario Forests

Wed. March 3, noon EST

Did you know 50 per cent of the province’s landmass is leased for commercial logging — mainly in public forests? That’s why we’re hosting a public webinar to explore various conservation and consultation concerns with current forestry practices and planning that expose cracks in the province’s reputation for sustainability. 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h-hYMNxMR3GkPgHs_33rMA

 

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Facing the Threat of Mass Evictions

Wed. March 3, 11 am – 12:30 pm EST

In various countries, including Canada, one of the temporary measures to the lockdowns has been to put in place a partial ban on evictions. The removal of these protections threatens to create a situation of mass housing evictions. In Toronto, this is already unfolding. Bold forms of action are being taken by tenants facing eviction and their allies. Speakers will look at the struggles that are unfolding, discuss the support and solidarity those who are facing attack require, and look at the broader demands around housing that have to be pursued in the next period.

https://glrc.info.yorku.ca/program-social-justice-movements-in-the-changed-reality-of-the-pandemic-and-beyond/  

https://yorku.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OG_yYsw3Rh2F61UiBKXEgg

 

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A Virtual Rally for Energy Justice

Thur. March 4, 4 p.m. EST

Leaders and activists across Canada will share stories about the challenges of living with a high energy burden and working for change. Attendees can join discussions about solutions – including energy efficiency.  We need everyone to come together to demonstrate that Canadians stand for the values of energy justice.

https://www.efficiencycanada.org/a-virtual-rally-for-energy-justice/

 

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Doug Ford vs the People

Thurs. March 4, 6:30 pm EST

In 2018 Doug Ford changed the rules and wards in the middle of our election, weeks before voters went to the polls — an unprecedented attack on Toronto and local democracy. It threw our elections into disarray, trampling on the rights of candidates and voters. Learn about Progress Toronto’s case at the Supreme Court of Canada as we take on Premier Doug Ford for undemocratically slashing City Council midway through the 2018 elections.

https://www.progresstoronto.ca/doug-ford-vs-the-people

 

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Ecosocialismo: Envisioning Latin America’s Green New Deal

Thur. March 4, 7 p.m. EST

This event brings together scholars and activists from across the Americas to dig into the underlying idea of a Green New Deal—injecting massive public investment into a rapid, democratic green transition—and to share lessons, insights, and proposals from their research and organizing experiences.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecosocialismo-envisioning-latin-americas-green-new-deal-tickets-130731877565

 

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Socialist Action

Thurs. March 4, 7 pm EST

Speakers Elizabeth Byce, Hannah Leichnitz, Karen Hanan, Emily Steers, Judy Koch, and others.

https://youtu.be/DiM6f31my-E

 

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International Women’s Day Toronto 2021 Virtual Rally: Rising Above the Pandemic – Fighting for Justice For All

Saturday March 6, 1 p.m. EST

https://www.facebook.com/IWDToronto

 

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https://www.democracynow.org/  

 

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