Weekly list of environmental and social justice events and issues.
Updated every Monday.
Canada needs to accelerate its transition to renewable energy
We are lagging behind other similar countries in deploying wind and especially solar power generation.
Trudeau grilled at climate summit over Canada’s fossil fuel expansion
A cap on oil and gas industry pollution is Canada’s best shot at tackling rising emissions. Send your message here.
An inside look at the plot to make climate denial mainstream
Nuclear power and environmental injustice
Heat Pumps Pay Off: Unlocking lower-cost heating and cooling in Canada
Heat pumps are the lowest-cost option for heating and cooling most homes in Canada, according to new research by the Canadian Climate Institute.
Environmental advocates are celebrating Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s Greenbelt decision
This is a victory for all of us – people power!
Thorold said No to Gas. Toronto said No to Gas. What’s the Ford gov’t going to do now?
Ontario 2018 mandate letters told ministers to limit climate law impact on businesses
Thanking Ukrainians for these ten things, from security to freedom – by Timothy Snyder
Mass Protest to Stop Privatization of Our Public Hospitals’ Core Services
Monday, September 25, 12 noon
Queen’s Park, Toronto – rallies also at Thunder Bay, Dryden and Algoma
Rallies around the province hosted by the Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Federation of Labour. Hop on a bus to attend.
How Heat Pumps Pay Off: Comparing the costs of heating and cooling options across Canada
Tues. Sept. 26, noon – 1 p.m. ET
The Canadian Climate Institute’s forthcoming report Heat Pumps Pay Off: Unlocking lower-cost heating and cooling in Canada examines the costs of heating and cooling technologies in five cities across Canada and explores barriers to heat pump adoption in Canada. The research will provide a detailed look across different building types with a focus on the cost-effectiveness of heat pumps. It will also include a new interactive tool showing the cost details and emissions impacts of the different heating and cooling options available in each city. This webinar brings together report authors and building sector experts to discuss the findings and recommendations, as well as implications for building decarbonization and climate adaptation in Canada.
Vow from Hiroshima – Free Virtual Screening
Tues. Sept. 26, 7 p.m. ET
Join us for a free live screening of The Vow from Hiroshima via Zoom to mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. We will be joined by special guests who will address the need for Canada to sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty.
A World Free from Nuclear Weapons
Tues. Sept. 26, 10 a.m. ET
Special Event commemorating the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
Creating Better Cities by Reducing Noise
Tues. Sept. 26, 7 p.m. ET – Help Fix Toronto’s Noise Bylaws: Motor Vehicle Noise – online
Wed. Sept. 27, 7 p.m. ET – Help Fix Toronto’s Noise Bylaws: Construction, Amp. Sound & General Noise
Thur. Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. ET – Help Fix Toronto’s Noise Bylaws: Motor Vehicle Noise – in person, Church of the Redeemer
Sat. Sept. 30, noon ET – Help Fix Toronto’s Noise Bylaws: Construction, Amp. Sound & General Noise
Sat. Sep 30, 4 p.m. ET – Help Fix Toronto’s Noise Bylaws: Motor Vehicle Noise – online
We’re a group of concerned residents coming together across Toronto to educate the public and city leaders about urban noise, its health effects, and how reduction in noise can lead to dynamic communities, healthy people and a better quality of life. Join No More Noise Toronto, along with the Toronto Noise Coalition, after the City‘s Noise Bylaw Public Consultations to review City proposals, possible solutions, and learn how you can make a difference.
Free Tenant Workshop — Your Basic Tenant Rights
Tues. Sept. 26, 7 – 8 p.m. ET
Virtually over Zoom
Losing sleep over an eviction? Desperate to finally get that repair done? This fast-paced workshop breaks down your basic tenant rights and responsibilities. In one short hour, you will learn: What is the Residential Tenancies Act – What can I do if my landlord breaks the law – How do I get a repair done – The ins and outs of signing a lease – And lots more…
Note: we will try and meet any access need to help you participate, please let us know in advance.
Contact Joeita Gupta · firstname.lastname@example.org · 416-413-9442
March for the Land
Wed. Sept. 27, noon
Grange Park, 317 Dundas Street West
On Sept. 27, five First Nations from Northern Ontario, including Grassy Narrows, will come to Toronto to lead a march calling on Premier Ford to end unwanted mining activity on our Territories. These five strong First Nations have formed a historic alliance to protect their lands and waters in the face of mounting concerns about encroachment on their territories by mining exploration companies who have been enabled by the Ford Government. Come stand in solidarity with the Land Alliance to protect their lands and waters!
The Kelly Household’s Journey Towards Zero Carbon
Wed. Sep 27, 1:30 p.m. ET
This presentation traces the 15-year journey of the Kelly household towards zero carbon emissions, starting with the purchase of a “code-built” house in 2008, its energy retrofit over the years, the purchase of an electric vehicle in 2018 and the recent addition in 2022 of a photovoltaic system and a heat pump system. Data on costs and savings are provided. Next and final steps toward zero carbon and lessons learned along the journey are discussed.
Meeting ID: 868 2505 6285
The Age of Nuclear Waste: Health Dangers of Tritium
Wed. Sept. 27, 10 a.m. ET
Featuring Dr. Arjun Makhijani and Dr. Gordon Edwards. Listen live or archived.
Free Tenant Workshop — Human Rights and Housing Explained
Wed. Sept. 27, 7 – 8 p.m. ET
Virtually over Zoom
Is your landlord refusing to rent to you because you are pregnant? — That’s against the law! Were you asked to pay 12 months rent up front? — That’s illegal as well. Many tenants don’t realize that they have protections under the Ontario Human Rights Code above and over the protections guaranteed under the Residential Tenancies Act. In this comprehensive workshop, we hear from an experienced lawyer about: How the human rights code can protect tenants – What discrimination in housing can look like – How to challenge discrimination in rental housing – And lots more…
Note: if you have any access needs, please reach out to us and I will do my best to make the sure the workshop is accessible.
Joeita Gupta · email@example.com · 416-413-9442
Toronto Palestine Film Festival
Sept. 27 – Oct. 1 and online
TIFF Bell Lighthouse, King and John St, Toronto
Let’s Talk Lake Erie: Aquatic Invasive Species in Lake Erie
Thur. Sept. 28, 11 a.m. ET
Join us as we explore the historical timeline of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Lake Erie and delve into the impacts of AIS on the Lake Erie ecosystem, particularly the fish population. We’ll also provide a project spotlight on the ongoing efforts to control the sea lamprey population in the lake.
re: TRUTH and Reconciliation
September 30th marks the National Day for TRUTH and Reconciliation, a designated day of remembrance to honour the children who never returned home and survivors of Canada’s Indigenous residential school system. It is a day to acknowledge and continue the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. This day is part of a larger conversation on the historical and ongoing impacts of colonization and systemic inequalities that continue to marginalize Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation https://nctr.ca/
Reconciliation Canada https://reconciliationcanada.ca/
Orange Shirt Society https://orangeshirtday.org/
Save the Evidence Campaign https://woodlandculturalcentre.ca/support/save-the-evidence/
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action https://ehprnh2mwo3.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf
Big Toronto Bike Ride 2023
Sun. Oct. 1, 4 – 6 pm ET
Start at Bloor & Shaw
Help support the advocacy, outreach and education efforts of Cycle Toronto to make Toronto a place that encourages cycling for all ages and abilities! Join up for this annual fundraising event and cycle with 100s of new cycling friends!
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