T.O. Greenspiration Events: We are many

Angela Bischoff greenspi at web.ca
Sun Apr 10 19:34:39 EDT 2016



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Stop Highway 413: Invest in Public Transit Instead of spending billions on a mega-highway, Ontario should invest in public transit, which can move more people across the region. Send a letter to the Premier here:
http://action.environmentaldefence.ca/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15791

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What If The World Went Vegetarian? 
4 min. animated video
http://bit.ly/1Ynmo2L

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Community Environment Days are back
Be environmentally friendly and do your part to keep your neighbourhood and city clean and green! Bring your unwanted household items and household hazardous waste to a Community Environment Day event for reuse, recycling or safe disposal. To find an event near you, visit:
toronto.ca/environment_days or call 311.

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Six steps to clean up political financing rules 
Most Canadians agree that corporate contributions should be banned from politics. Federal elections, and politics in Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Alberta (and Toronto) are now free of corporate and union contributions. It's ON's turn. Here's how.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/six-steps-to-clean-up-political-financing-rules/article29498568/ 

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Bloor bike lane would spread climate optimism
The Bloor lane would have a powerful psychological benefit, showing Torontonians that climate change need not be overwhelming
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2016/04/08/bloor-bike-lane-would-spread-climate-optimism.html

Take the Tooker - Memorial bike lane protest 
3 min. video (2006)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA9P_5NUSJY

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Ontario’s Highest Court Certifies G20 Class Action
https://ccla.org/ontarios-highest-court-certifies-g20-class-action/

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City Waste Strategy survey tip sheet by the Toronto Environmental Alliance
http://www.torontoenvironment.org/ltwms_survey?utm_campaign=cw_april_7_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=toenviro 

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Letters from Generation Rx
https://www.facebook.com/LettersFromGenerationRx/

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Conscious Minds Camp is an educational and healing experience amongst the trees and the stars. A camp started by youth for youth in 2013, CMC uses playful, artful, hands-on learning to explore three interwoven themes: Climate Change Resilience, Decolonization, and Human Rights. At camp we practice cooperative, creative, and critical thinking and living. We are accepting 60 passionate youth from across Ontario. Young families are welcome. 
August 7 – 21, 2016 
At a Boy Scout Reserve 1.5 hrs east of Toronto
Seeds – 13-15 years old
Shoots – 16-18 years old
Roots – 19- 29 years old
Cost: $500 –sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Application deadline: May 20th
CMC is our camp: the way we want to learn, working towards the way we want to live. Make it your camp too. 
Apply at www.consciousmindscamp.org

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Journey to the Future - A Better World is Possible
https://www.amazon.ca/Journey-Future-Better-World-Possible/dp/1927755336 

Slides from the book by author Guy Dauncey
http://www.slideshare.net/GuyDauncey/journey-to-the-future-a-better-world-is-possible

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Where to Invade Next?
Michael Moore’s latest film
April 5 - 21
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Bloor and Bathurst 
Moore brings the secrets of the world to light with his usual good-natured yet cutting sense of humour. Never losing sight of the tragedies at home—from Ferguson to Wall Street and beyond—Where to Invade Next asks: did the American dream skip town?
http://boxoffice.hotdocs.ca/WebSales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=50673~fff311b7-cdad-4e14-9ae4-a9905e1b9cb0&

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Global Day Against Military Spending
Monday April 11, noon - 1 p.m.
Dundas Square, Dundas and Yonge
What would you do with $1.75 Trillion ? Worldwide military spending exceeds $1.75 Trillion. The Canadian Government spends over $23 billion on military spending. That’s the 6th highest in NATO. The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is calling on the Government of Canada to substantially reduce military expenditures and re-allocate them to urgent social and environmental needs. Join the social media thunderclap. Take a selfie telling what you would do with $1.75 Trillion and send it to us by email to info at vowpeace.org and we will post on our social media.  Use the hashtag #welfarenotwarfare
http://vowpeace.org/what-would-you-do-with-23billion/

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Recycling Cap-and-Trade Revenues in Ontario 
Live-streamed Panel Discussion
Mon. April 11, noon
Ontario's cap-and-trade system will come into effect January 1, 2017. The system will be linked with California and Quebec’s under the Western Climate Initiative, and is expected to raise $1.9 billion in its first year. How this revenue is recycled back into the economy can affect both economic and environmental objectives. Join us for a panel discussion to discuss the trade-offs of different revenue recycling options, including how to address household fairness and business competitiveness.
http://ecofiscal.ca/events/recycling-cap-trade-revenues-ontario/#register

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We Are Many 
Tues. April 12, 7 p.m.
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street
On 15 February 2003, over 15 million people in nearly 800 cities, throughout 72 countries, marched against the impending war in Iraq. We Are Many tells, for the first time, the story behind and legacy of the biggest demonstration in history. Shot in 7 countries over 8 years, featuring first hand testimony from organisers and direct participants, We Are Many is a powerful story of resistance to war. Film screening followed by Q&A with Wael Kabbani, Executive Director and a U.S. Iraq War resister. Suggested donation $10 or pwyc 
http://resisters.ca/

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Jane’s Journey 
Tues. April 12, 6:15 p.m.
Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor St W.
Jane's Journey is an inspiring tribute to legendary anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall who is highly respected in the field of wildlife conservation for her ground-breaking animal research. Green 13 and Runnymede Library present this screening and discussion. Free.
http://green13toronto.org/event/janes-journey-free-screening

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Carnival of the Commons Planning Meeting 8.0
Tues. April 12, 7 - 9 p.m.
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
We will be holding our 8th planning meeting for what will be an inclusive public event along the Finch Hydro Corridor on May 15. Our goal is to make connections between the Line 9 threat and the public use of public space; between pipelines and climate change; and between groups working on these related issues. We are hoping to create a positive, family-friencly “fair" where a wide range of related issues can be presented to the public in an sharing environment. The event is planned for May 15 and will include buskers/performance, food, and information tables. If you would like to table or join us in planning, please contact: folktheline at gmail.com

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Refugee Sponsorship: Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask
Tues. April 12, 7 - 9 p.m.
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham 
The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program and Amnesty International are hosting a panel discussion to share refugee sponsorship experiences from the perspectives of both sponsored refugees and refugee sponsors. The panel will discuss all aspects of the sponsorship experience, including managing expectations, the preparation process, and life after arrival in Canada. Free
http://beitzatoun.org/event/refugee-sponsorship-everything-you-need-to-know/

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DIY Cleanser and Toner Workshop
Tuesday, April 12, 7 - 8:30 pm
Karma Food Coop 739 Palmerston
Why use cleanser instead of soap? What do toners do? What are cleansers and toners made of? Explore wholistic aromatherapy's basic white lotion, plus tried and true wonder ingredients like witch hazel, hydrosols, and aloe vera gel juice. Make a customized cleanser and toner to take home. For all faces of all ages. With Tracey TieF of Anarres Natural Health Apothecary. Suggested donation $10
RSVP to manager at karmacoop.org or 416-534-1470. 

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60 million refugees
Tuesday, April 12, 7:30pm
70 St. Mary Street (U of T)
A discussion with Fr. Tom Smolich, SJ the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). Fr. Smolich will speak of the experience of JRS as it responds to massive movement of refugees worldwide, particularly in the Middle East, but also in other ‘forgotten’ areas of the world. Fr. Tom will also talk about the JRS Global Education Initiative. Answering to Pope’s Francis call for a year of mercy, JRS has launched a campaign called Mercy in Motion. Fr. Smolich will share details of the campaign which aims to support the Global Education Initiative with a goal to educate 220,000 refugees and displaced people by 2020. A question period will follow and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Friday 8th of April, calling 416 465 1824 or by e-mail at cji at jesuits.ca
www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca

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How to Transform an Existing Business into a Successful and Sustainable Co-op 
Tues. April 12, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
CSI, 215 Spadina, 4th floor
It’s a rewarding challenge to create any business from scratch. Unfortunately, eight out of ten start-up businesses fail. There is another alternative: transforming an existing business to a co-operatively-owned enterprise. As baby-boomer small business owners and entrepreneurs prepare to move into retirement, employee buyouts and community co-ops may be the fast-track to launching a successful social enterprise.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-co-op-model-shared-ownership-and-social-innovation-tickets-21434718821

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Capitalism and the Climate: Could Morphing Capitalism Help Save the World?
Tues. April 12, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Balzac's at the Reference Library 789 Yonge
We explore whether capitalism is capable of reforming itself to cope with the climate challenge so ably outlined by Naomi Klein among others. Free.
https://www.facebook.com/morphingcapitalism101?_rdr

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Natural Fertility
Tues. April 12, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Innate Wellness, 163 Dupont
Are you planning a pregnancy or in the midst of trying to become pregnant. Dr. Regan will answer all your questions about how naturopathic medicine can support natural conception or support conventional fertility treatment. She will discuss important fertility topics including pre-conception detoxification, nutritional requirements, hormonal balance and management of pre-existing medical conditions. Free.
http://innatewellnesshealthshop.com/events/

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Doctor-Assisted Suicide - a panel discussion
Wed. April 13, 7:30 p.m.
St Matthew's Anglican Church 135 First,
A doctor, a palliative care hospital chaplain, a representative of the Canadian Disability Alliance, and a philosophy professor from Ryerson University will discuss implications and possible responses. Free.
facebook.com/events/230760707271665

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Innovating our Healthcare costs down - with Why Should I Care
Wed. April 13, 7 p.m. networking, 7:30 discussion
The Rose and Crown, at 2335 Yonge Street. 
Heath care is consistently ranked as the most important issue during election cycles.  However, the costs are proving to be unsustainable particularly as the bulk of Canadians age. What is the real cost of Ontario’s healthcare? Who is really shouldering these costs?
http://whyshouldicare.ca/event/innovating-our-healthcare-costs-down/

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Tracking the Global Energy Revolution 2016 - A Year for the Record Books
Thur. April 14, 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern 
In this webinar, Clean Energy Canada and guests will unpack the key findings of our latest global edition of Tracking the Energy Revolution, a report series that maps out where clean energy investment dollars are flowing, who is leading the way, and who is falling behind.
http://350ottawa.org/events/event/webinar-tracking-global-energy-revolution/

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Stop TPP Phone Bank
Thur. April 14, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
192 Spadina Ave, #300, Leadnow office
Corporate lobbyists are pressuring Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland to ratify the TPP but she hasn’t made up her mind yet, and if we ramp up public pressure now we can still stop TPP in its tracks. We’re holding a Stop TPP phone bank where we’ll call Leadnow members in Minister Freeland’s home riding, and ask them if they’ll call into Freeland’s office to voice their opposition. RSVP to be part of the Stop TPP Phone Bank.
http://leadnow2.nationbuilder.com/stop_tpp_pb_to?utm_campaign=160406totpppb&utm_medium=email&utm_source=leadnow2

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The Environmental Movement, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Robert Hunter Memorial Lecture With John Bennett and Dan McDermott, two of Bob Hunter’s oldest eastern Canadian activist friends and allies
Thursday April 14, 4 pm 
Room ES 149 (Basement), 5 Bancroft Avenue, Earth Sciences Building, U of T
This year we are pleased to let you know that we have twoEnvironmental campaign veterans Dan McDermott and John Bennett will discuss the environmental movement and their involvement dating back to the 1970s when their personal interactions with Bob Hunter and Greenpeace set them on a path of life-long activism. They will share some of their personal experiences with Bob’s mind-bombing approach to environmental activism, but often have very different perspectives that can lead to lively discussions. Has progress been made? Are those who say the environmental movement has failed correct? And what’s next? What should the next generation of activists take on and how should they do it?
http://on.fb.me/1QPfPBu

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Re-discovering Cacao
Thur. April 14, 7 - 9 p.m.
Chocosol, 1131 St. Clair Ave W
Join Michael Sacco, ChocoSol Founder and Trent University PhD candidate, to explore the spiritual, ecological, and geo-political unfolding of the story of chocolate. 
https://www.universe.com/events/re-discovering-cacao-phd-research-discussions-tickets-KC71R4

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Toronto Bicycle Club Sign up Night
Thur. April 14, 7:30 - 9 pm
Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor W.
http://www.tbccycling.ca

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Day of Action for Fight for $15 & Fairness
Fri. April 15, 12:30 p.m.
Ministry of Labour, 400 University Avenue
Since March 2015, the Ministry of Labour has been reviewing the laws that govern our workplaces. We expect the recommendations to be made public this spring - so we need to mobilize in every Ontario community to make sure that we get the kind of changes that will make a real difference in our workplaces. Will the recommendations include at least 7 paid sick days? Will we get protection against contract flipping? Access to unions? Better working conditions at temp agencies? Fair scheduling? Proper enforcement and respect at work? On April 15, let's demand the #OntarioWeWant by ensuring all workers get #15andFairness.
https://www.facebook.com/events/772923409480523/
Fightfor15andFairness at gmail.com

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The Big Short
Fri. April 15, 7 pm.
OISE 5-260, 252 Bloor w. (St. George subway) 
In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans were in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.
http://socialistaction.ca/tag/rebel-films/

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Green Living Show
April 15-17
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street 
The  Green Living Show is Canada's largest consumer show dedicated to simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. This three-day event offers inspiration for all ages and features influential speakers; innovative products; eco home and garden design; local and organic food and wine tastings;  health, wellness and yoga pavilions; eco fashion and green beauty makeovers; electric car test drives; nature exhibits and fun activities for the entire family.
http://www.greenlivingshow.ca

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Let’s Transform TO -- Brainstorming for a Sustainable City 
Sat Apr 16, 10 am - noon 
Direct Theatre Space, Artscape Wychwood Barns 601 Christie Street
Did you know that right now City staff are busy working on a plan – “Transform TO” – that will map the way to 80% cuts in Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050? It’s a tall order, so they’re asking communities to get involved and submit their best ideas. That’s just what we’ll do at this fun, stimulating “Open Space” event. Co-organized by Green Neighbours 21 and Councillor Joe Mihevc.
http://www.gn21.ca/let%E2%80%99s-transform-brainstorming-sustainable-city

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Toronto Seed Library
Sat. April 16, 2- 3 p.m.
Annette Library, 145 Annette St.
Love to garden? Interested in preserving and exchanging seeds?  Find out about the Toronto Seed Library. Bring seeds to exchange! Find out about the new community garden. Kids are invited too – plant a seed today!

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Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000
Book launch featuring Kris Hermes, Lesley Wood, and special guests from the Movement Defence Committee
Saturday, April 16, 5 pm
Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave.
Over the past 15 years, people in the United States—and dissidents in particular—have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate
police violence, and unlawful arrests. Crashing the Party shows how these developments—normally associated with the realities of a post–9/11 world—were already being set in motion during the Republican National
Convention (RNC) protests in 2000. It also documents how, in response, dissidents confronted new forms of political repression by pushing legal boundaries and establishing new models of collective resistance. Free - all welcome
https://www.facebook.com/events/818311901613878/

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Advancing Citizen Action in the 6ix: An unconference for city builders 
Sun. April 17, 10 am - 4 pm 
Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst St.
This is your opportunity to gather together with people who are actively working toward a better city for a day of deep networking, skill sharing and strategy exchanges.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/advancing-citizen-action-in-the-6ix-an-unconference-for-city-builders-tickets-22429308666

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Drop, Swap and Shop
Sun. April 17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Drop off unwanted electronics, swap for new treasures and shop at the Etsy Maker’s Market. $2.
http://www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/event-details/12148/ 

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Shape My City Events
http://shapemycity.ca/events.php

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Beit Zatoun Events
http://beitzatoun.org/events/

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Centre for Social Innovation Events
http://socialinnovation.ca/community/events/listing 

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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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