T.O. Greenspiration Events: Change your results

Angela Bischoff greenspi at web.ca
Sun Mar 8 21:09:26 EDT 2015


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Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything - 10 min. Video
https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/business/video/2015/mar/06/this-changes-everything-naomi-klein-oil-video

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China’s biggest viral video right now is this two-hour-long documentary on pollution
Highly recommended viewing. While she doesn’t address climate change or green energy, she does address smog, coal, cars, industrial pollution, and corporate plutocracy. Did you know of the Great Smog of 1952 when 12,000 Londoners died?
http://wapo.st/1BSUIMt

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Yes or no? Do you want to see Elizabeth May in the leaders’ debate in 2015?
Please add your name to the letter to Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, and Stephen Harper
http://www.greenparty.ca/en/stand-up-for-democracy

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Open letter to Parliament: Amend C-51 or kill it
The following is an open letter addressed to all members of Parliament and signed by more than 100 Canadian professors of law and related disciplines.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/27/open-letter-to-parliament-amend-c-51-or-kill-it/

And here’s another fantastic Open Letter to Canadian Media written by an activist
https://incognitopress.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/an-open-letter-to-canadian-media/ 

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Green Jobs - From Nuclear to Conservation and Renewables
28 min, video with Angela Bischoff, Ontario Clean Air Alliance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-lYExsi9l4

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Shelters not Spectacles: Torchlit March Against the Pan Am Games
Monday, March 9, 7:30 pm
Pigeon Park (NW Corner of Parliament and Gerrard)
The Pan Am Games are coming to Toronto this summer, and the cost has already ballooned to well over $2 billion, including an unbelievable $3.8 million to string some tacky lights on the Bloor Viaduct! Billions of dollars are being spent to transform our city into a playground for rich tourists when there are more important things to spend our money on. And in the weeks and months before opening day, we will almost certainly see an increase in police targeting of poor and homeless people as part of the social cleansing process that always accompanies international spectacles like the Games. We refuse to accept these callous and dangerous priorities; people have frozen to death on our streets this winter while the City fritters away billions of dollars. Join with OCAP to send a clear message to City Council: NO PUBLIC MONEY ON THE PAN AM GAMES!
https://www.facebook.com/events/879281952115794

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Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars
with special guest Russell Brown, US peace activist, Upstate Drone Action and Veterans for Peace
Mon. Mar. 9, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. Film and Discussion
25 Cecil St (near College and Spadina) 
In Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life. Join us for this evening of food, film and discussion in support of U.S. war resisters seeking asylum in Canada. Suggested donation $20 or pwyc.  Organized by the War Resisters Support Campaign • resisters.ca

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The Gestalt of Activism
Mondays March 9th - April 20, 7:30 - 10 pm
Gestalt Institute of Toronto, 194 Carlton St.               
Fear, apathy, isolation, blame, and denial are all symptoms of disconnect to self, to others and to the environment. In this series, with humour, play and honesty, we will look at how the personal is political and the political is deeply personal as we look at internalized social messages and explore ways of reclaiming aspects of self, connecting with deep-seeded needs and the impact this may have. We will consider how society's normative messages can be alienating as it fails to offer recognition on the many possibilities that fall outside the status quo and explore new ways of communicating and negotiating. Join us as we explore beliefs, the impact of power relationships and the expression of underlying emotions. Instructor: Luisa de Amaral, Graduate, Faculty-in-training. Fee: $225
For more information or to register, call 416-964-9464 or go to www.gestalt.on.ca

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Planet Ocean - Free Screening and discussion
Tues. Mar 10, 6:15 pm
Jane/Dundas Library, 620 Jane St. at Dundas
Thanks to its astonishing photography, the film takes us on a magnificent and unprecedented journey into the heart of the least know regions of our planet. It narrates the most marvelous and also the most terrifying human experiences of our time. Filmed in extreme geographical conditions all over the globe, it describes the modern Odyssey of people who go out to discover their blue planet. The film is also a plea for humanity to respect the world in which we lives.
http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org/en/films-tv/planet-ocean
http://www.green13toronto.org/event/planet-ocean-free-screening-and-discussion

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5th Eco-Trivia Pub Night
Tues. March 10, 6:30 pm to mingle, 7 - 9 pm Quiz Time
Firkin on King, 461 King Street West
Think you're an expert on mammalian biology? Fancy yourself a renewable energy virtuoso? Do you know the name and location of most notable rivers around the globe? Don't come! That totally wouldn't be fair to the other participants just looking to have a good time! But if you love the environment and want to have a great time with others who do as well, join us. Teams of 2 - 6 people. Organized by TREC Education.
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/eco-trivia-night-tickets-15616335881

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Power of Music for Peace
Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Centre for Social Innovation, Annex, 720 Bathurst Street
A powerful evening bringing together individuals who through their music/art, project a message of peace and coexistence.
http://bit.ly/1KkJVyr

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Brampton’s Proposed Incinerator – At What Cost?
With Liz Benneian, founder of Ontario Zero Waste Coalition
Tuesday March 10, 7 p.m.
Region of Peel Building, Suite A (Mississauga Room), 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton (opposite Bramalea City Centre, at Queen St. E. and Central Park Drive) 
Ms. Benneian's presentation will focus on Halton's successful campaign to stop a proposed incinerator, followed by Q & A, and discussion on the incinerator proposed for Peel.  

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Introduction to Permaculture
Tues. March 10, 6 - 8 p.m.
Barbara Frum Library 20 Covington, 3rd floor, room B
Learn about this sustainable model that can be used to create economically stable and productive landscapes, homes and communities. Free.
http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca

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Animal Rights Academy Lecture
Tues. Mar. 10, 7 - 9 p.m.
University College 15 King's College Circle, Room 256
Lorene Elke and Kristyn Dunnion talk about the intersection between animal rights, activism and witchcraft. Free. 
http://animalrightsacademy.org

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4th Anniversary of the Fukushima Disaster
Wed. March 11, noon
Four years have passed since the tragic triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants, and the hits keep on coming as massive amounts of radioactively contaminated water continue to flow into the Pacific Ocean and no solution exists for safely containing the ongoing accumulation of radioactive debris contaminating the prefecture. Watch a video interview here: http://www.fairewinds.org/fukushima-meltdown-4-years-later/#sthash.8jAZTYpE.dpbs  

We can’t afford a Fukushima on one of our Great Lakes. The ON province is moving forward with rebuilding 10 nuclear reactors at Darlington and Bruce. We can stop them - after all, we have lower-cost, safer and greener options. i’m leaflet blitzing Wynne’s riding on Wednesday - can you join me? If not Wed. at noon, we will do more blitzes. Contact me at: angela at cleanairalliance.org and I’ll fill you in. Thanks.

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Health, uranium mining, managing fissile materials     
With Richard Denton, M.D. of the Northern Ontario
Wed. March 11, 4 – 6 p.m.
University College, U of T, Room 179
Free weekly public lectures on public health in a nuclear age.
http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=65bd52daac4a78ce50293dec4&id=a0aa6cbe60&e=7d6e129e1a

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The First Green Wave
Wed. March 11, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Rotman Commerce, 125 St. George Street,  room 1065, U of T
Did you know that one of the earliest environmental activist groups in Canada was formed at the University of Toronto? Join us with Ryan O'Connor, author of The First Green Wave, as he traces rise of the environmental movement in Toronto, home to one of Canada’s earliest communities of environmental activists. This book describes the heady days of Canada's early environmental movement and examines the forces that reshaped the activist landscape in the 1980s.  
https://www.facebook.com/events/1107181036034508

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Renewable Energy 101 - webinar
Wed. March 11, 6 – 7 pm
With TREC (Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative)
Curious about the ins and outs of Ontario's renewable energy system? This FREE webinar is for you! Renewable Energy 101 is a presentation and discussion for those who are new to renewable energy, community power, and renewable energy co-operatives, or who want to learn a bit more. We will start with a 30 minute presentation covering the basics of renewable energy generation, the actors in Ontario’s energy system and the opportunities for co-ops and communities to participate, leaving plenty of time for questions and answers at the end.
https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EB55DA84864B39

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Centering the Voices of Indigenous Women
Wed. March 11, 7 - 8 p.m.
Bloor/Gladstone Library 1101 Bloor W
Artist/activist Susan Blight discusses how, through art, activism and resistance, indigenous women are actively working to reclaim and restore their traditional knowledge and leadership. Free. Part of International Women's Day events.
http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca

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You, Me and We: Making a Difference at Home, Work and in Community Action with Nonviolent Communication™ (NVC)
Thurs. Mar. 12, 6:30 - 9 pm     
​​60 Lowther Rd. (St George subway)
Join us for an interactive workshop to learn four tools for building compassionate, productive relationships.
We will explore
- our power for making a difference
- what blocks connection and creativity
- how empathy transforms those blocks
$20 regular​ ($15 low waged)
www.facebook.com/events/342040399315153/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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Let’s Talk: Arts, Culture and the Future of the CBC
Thur. March 12, 7 pm. 
Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas W
Discussion with MPs Adam Vaughan and Chrystia Freeland. Free. 
http://chrystiafreeland.liberal.ca

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Change your Brain, Change your Results
Thur. March 12, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
The Big Carrot 348 Danforth,Rm 212
Talk by Brain Fitness expert Jill Hewlett on developing new skills and altering behaviour. Free. 
http://thebigcarrot.ca/home/

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Citizenfour
Fri. March 13, 7 p.m.	
OISE, 5-280	
Documentary film about Edward Snowden. Must see! With John Wunderlich, Privacy expert and Toronto Danforth NDP executive member. $4. Part of the Rebel Film series. 
http://socialistaction.ca/rebel/ 

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Merchants of Doubt
March 13 - 19
Bloor Hot Docs (Bloor and Bathurst)
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) lifts the curtain on the secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who stake claims contrary to scientific consensus. Presenting themselves in the media as experts, they are paid by corporations, think tanks and other special interests to cast doubt and delay governmental action on everything from cigarettes to pharmaceuticals and, most recently, climate change. Kenner examines the birth of the doubt industry, how it has succeeded for decades, and why we need to fight back.
http://bit.ly/1AU66Aw

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Toronto Day of Action Against Bill C-51
Don’t let Stephen Harper Torch Our Rights
Sat. Mar. 14, noon
Nathan Phillips Square, Queen and Bay
The proposed legislation Bill C-51 would clearly allow for the violation of Charter Rights, facilitate spying on innocent Canadians, and create a secret police force with little oversight or accountability. This bill disproportionately targets indigenous communities, environmental activists, dissidents, and Muslims, many of whom are already subjected to questionable and overreaching powers by security officials. This bill will make it easier and ostensibly lawful for government to continue infringing upon the rights of peaceful people. C-51 is reckless, irresponsible and ineffective. We are calling on the government to withdraw the legislation. Join the pan-Canadian protest.
https://www.facebook.com/events/413139418861169
More resources and petition here: https://openmedia.org/stopc51?src=

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Contested Spaces - Toronto social and environmental justice symposium
Saturday March 14, 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
OISE, 5th floor, 252 Bloor Street West 
A day of paper presentations from student and community researchers, workshops and panels on social and environmental justice issues and campaigns.  This is not an academic conference. Workshops on climate justice, safe space, Pan-Am games, resource extraction, and much more.
https://www.facebook.com/events/835123236561481 

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Tranzac Clothing Swap
Sat. March 14, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Tranzac 292 Brunswick, Tiki Room.
Bring gently used items to give away or swap. Free. 
http://www.tranzac.org

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People’s Journalism: Reporting Under Fire
Sat. Mar. 14, 7 - 9 p.m.
Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex, U of T
Ali Mustafa Memorial Lecture event features journalists Sharif Kouddous and Jihan Hafiz talking about working as social justice-oriented freelancers in conflict areas, plus tributes to Ali Mustafa from those who worked with him.
http://bit.ly/1vfWHb0

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Crafting Sustainability Conference 
March 14-15
OCAD U, 100 McCaul
Conference for makers, researchers, educators and students to interrogate the pairing of craft and sustainable practice. Topics include explorations of disposable culture, what makes a viable craft practice, 'craftwashing' strategies and more. $135, stu $55.
http://craftontario.com/crafting-sustainability

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7th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off 
Sunday, March 15, 2 pm
Daniels Spectrum Cultural Hub on Dundas Street East
Tickets are $10 for entry to the bake-off with two sample plates of treats, or $15 for entry to the bake-off with three sample plates of treats. Your choice of category will be first come, first served, so if there is one specific category you'd really like to try make sure to arrive early!
https://guestlistapp.com/events/294177

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Climate and Capitalism: Climate Change Impacts on the Global South
Sunday, March 15, 2 - 5 p.m.
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham (Bloor and Bathurst)
Please join us to hear about the climate impacts in some of the most vulnerable regions in the world, an assessment of the current impasse at the global level, and some thoughts on ways to avoid an escalating crisis.
http://beitzatoun.org/event/climate-and-capitalism/?mc_cid=756ee1ae88&mc_eid=8320353111

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NDP Rally for Toronto with Tom Mulcair
Sun. March 15, 2 - 3 p.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West
Are you ready for affordable childcare in Toronto? How about a $15/hour minimum wage? Tom Mulcair has a plan for both -- and more. Join him and our Toronto NDP team for the biggest rally of this election year.
http://bit.ly/1Fwkx2v

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Hot Docs
Bloor Cinema (Bloor and Bathurst)
http://bloorcinema.com/

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NOW magazine hosts a very comprehensive online events listing
https://nowtoronto.com/search/event/community-events/

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