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People- & Planet-Friendly Events Update (2000/02/02)
PEOPLE- & PLANET- FRIENDLY EVENTS *UPDATE *
Revised Wed. Feb. 2, 2000
Here are upcoming SUSTAINABLE LIVING,
ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS,
workshops, courses, meetings, conferences, etc. in
Toronto, Ontario & beyond. PLEASE PASS THIS ON or
post at your office or neighbourhood. Send new events
to email@example.com (cc firstname.lastname@example.org)
*** CONTENTS ***
(A) NEW EVENTS in Ontario
(B) Recurring / Ongoing Events
(C) New Events Beyond Ontario
(D) NOTICES & ACTIONS
(E) Feature Action - Paul Martin & Climate Change
(F) Hot Spots & Cool Links
(G) About this List
This is the *UPDATE EDITION*, which includes only events
that have not been mentioned in previous messages (plus a few
reminders of events coming up this week). The full edition
"Calendar" will be sent occasionally as time allows -- so HANG ON
TO YOUR BACK-ISSUES! New listings (since Jan 26th edition)
are indicated by an asterisk (*). In order by date. Please remember
to (also) post your events at: http://events.web.net
(A) NEW EVENTS IN ONTARIO
Events in Toronto, Guelph, Stratford, Hamilton, Burlington,
Owen Sound area, cable TV (CPAC), and Philadelphia.
* FOOD ISSUES & ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION GROUPS,
Thurs Feb 3, 5pm, Toronto. International Students Centre, U of T.
OPIRG Toronto, 416-978-7770 email@example.com
* WHY BE VEGETARIAN? Thurs Feb 3, 5pm, Toronto. Great
movie, free food! Hart House, University of Toronto. 416-978-
REALISM, IDEALISM & THE ENVIRONMENT, Thurs Feb 3,
6pm, Toronto. Former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario,
Eva Ligeti. Town Hall, Innis College, U of T, 2 Sussex Ave. Free.
Reception to follow. 416-978-3424
* BRAVE NEW TOMATOES - the Social Changes Behind GMF,
Thurs Feb 3, 7pm, GUELPH. Torrance School, 151 Waterloo Ave.
$5/donation. Presented by OPIRG Guelph, Council of Canadians,
Green Party of Guelph, Social Ecology Action Group, Guelph
International Resource Centre.
* REGULATING BIOTECHNOLOGY - IS IT SAFE? Thur Feb 3,
noon and 10pm, TV broadcast on cable CPAC. CPAC visits the
farm of one of the best-known critics, Brewster Kneen to discuss the
government's role. A two-hour programme.
* Anti-Corporate Rule Action Group (ACRAG), Fri Feb 4, 3pm
3:00pm, Toronto. International Students Centre (Asia Room), U of
T. OPIRG Toronto, 416-978-7770 firstname.lastname@example.org
* CULINARY CRUSADERS COLLECTIVE, Fri Feb 4, 7:30pm,
HAMILTON. On the agenda: Canadian Oganic growers Conference
and Montreal Biotech Conference report; report on recent coalitions;
our next action? 7:30 to 8:30 or 9:00pm, followed by pints at the
pheonix! All welcome. Blue lounge (student lounge) Hamilton Hall,
McMaster University. email@example.com
* THE ORGANIC ALTERNATIVE, Fri Feb 4, noon and 10pm, TV
broadcast on cable CPAC. The challenges ahead for producers &
marketers. A two-hour programme.
* ACTIVISM 101, Fri Feb 4 - Sun Feb 6, Toronto. Workshops on
political organizing, non-violent civil disobedience, video activism,
art & activism, culture jamming, radio activism, street theatre, web
activism, politics, protesting & policing. Fri 7pm-9pm: film
screening & discussion on Seattle, applying lessons learned & where
do we go from here, at Nat Taylor Cinema, York University. Sat
8am-6:30pm: Activism 101 at Vari A, York University. Sun 10am-
2pm: Networking Meeting at Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St. $5/$10
includes breakfast, lunch & dinner! Register/info: OPIRG 416-736-
ONTARIO CYCLING CONFERENCE II, Sat Feb 5, 9am-6pm,
Toronto. Help create a new, non-profit cyclist organization that
would improve the conditions (safety, education, facilities, etc.) for
non-competitive cyclists in Ontario. $15 at the door includes light
breakfast & lunch. Rooms 308/309, Metro Hall, corner of King &
John, Toronto. Your individual reply to confirm your attendance is
greatly appreciated and so is exact change at the door. Register by
Jan 28 to ensure your food is ordered: Issie, 416-767-5169
* ECOLOGY OF EVERYDAY LIFE, Rethinking the Desire for
Nature, Sat Feb 5, 7:30pm, Toronto. Booklaunch & talk with author
& activist Chaia Heller. New ways of desiring nature that not only
entails changes in personal life-style, but changes in social
institutions as well. Drawing from feminist, anarchist and social
ecological theory; a vision of how we can build an ecological direct
democracy; reaching for a cooperative, pleasurable & ecological
society; reclaiming our humanity as we reclaim, dream and make
decisions about our own communities. Free/by donation. 66
Portland Street #202 (s. of King, e. of Bathurst) 416-235-7762
* FREE U of T ORIENTATION, Mon Feb 7, 10am-7pm, Toronto.
Meet the teachers. Free food for the mind.
http://www.utoronto.ca/acc/freeu Grad Students Union Gym, 16
* Toronto-Area GREEN PARTY Meeting, Feb 7, 6:30-8:30pm.
Election preparations; upcoming conferences; actions on organic
wines, global warming and Oak Ridges Morraine. All welcome.
244 Gerrard Street East, (at Ontario street). Frank de Jong 416-
* OPIRG ORIENTATIONS, Tues Feb 8, 1-2pm AND Thurs Feb
10, 5-6pm or by appointment. OPIRG-Toronto, 563 Spadina Ave,
Room 101. Mooky, 416-978-7770
TORONTO FOOD RESEARCH NETWORK, Tues Feb 8, 4-6pm,
Toronto. Fiona Night speaks on the Ontario Food Security &
Nutrition Network. Ryerson University, Room L166, northwest
corner of Gould & Victoria. Fiona Knight, 416-367-3313 ext. 31, 1-
800-267-6817 ext. 31 firstname.lastname@example.org; fax 416-367-2844 Temp.
* TORONTO RENEWABLE ENERGY CO-OP - VOLUNTEERS
& SUPPORTERS MEETING, Wed Feb 9, 7:30pm, Toronto.
Update on approvals - letters and deputations; Earth Day event;
Marketing Strategy; Web site - chat line. At the new office: 401
Richmond St. W. (at Spadina), suite 380. TREC: email@example.com
http://www.trec.on.ca (new phone # t.b.a.)
GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD: A Field of Dreams? Wed Feb
9, 7:30-9:30pm, Toronto. Panel discussion & debate. Free. St.
Lawrence Centre, 27 Front St. E., 2 blks south of King subway.
CLEAN AIR CONSULTATION, Thurs Feb 10, Toronto.
Environment Canada hosts a one day stakeholder consultation in
preparation for negotiating a transboundary smog reduction
agreement with the United States. It would be difficult to overstate
the importance of these Canada-U.S. negotiations in the context of
our air quality problem. If a clean air activist were to attend just one
meeting in 2000, the Feb. 10th consultation would be that meeting.
Environment Canada has agreed not to restrict access to the Toronto
session. Limited funding to cover travel expenses. Interested groups
contact Nicole Swerhun at Lura Consulting 416-536-0184, fax 416-
536-3453, firstname.lastname@example.org). Info: OntAIRio Campaign 416-960-
9202, fax 416-960-0020, email@example.com
FILM FOR A GREENER PLANET, Thurs Feb 10, 7-9pm. (1) Film:
Before Their Time; speaker Cathy Walker. (2) Film: They Speak in
Whispers: What's happening to children; speaker: Canadian Auto
Workers. Free. Room 308, Metro Hall, 55 John St., Toronto.
Women's Network on Health & the Environment, 416-928-0880
* TORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
Preview Screening, Wed Feb 16, 5:30pm. A preview of the
inaugural "Planet in Focus: Toronto Environmental Film & Video
Festival" (Sept 28 - Oct 1). Screening of "bear" (22 mins). Based on
Marian Engel's award-winning novel; a provocative chronicle of a
woman's encounter with a black bear. Writer/Director Sara Marino
will introduce the film & engage the audience in a dialogue following
the screening. Reception 5:30 pm; screening 6:30 pm. Free. John
Spotton Cinema, 150 John Street. RSVP: Mark Haslam 416-537-
7742. Info: http://www.planetinfocus.org firstname.lastname@example.org
* EMERGING ISSUES IN THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR -
IMPLICATIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL NON-PROFITS,
Thurs Feb 17, 7:30am, Toronto. Sustainability Network Free
Breakfast Forum with Patrick Johnston of the Canadian Centre for
Philanthropy (http://www.ccp.ca) 7:30-9am - breakfast,
presentation & discussion; 9-10am - issue tables & networking.
Issues tables hosted by Zak Bailey & Audrey Ferrer will focus on the
products and services of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy.
Central YMCA Auditorium, 20 Grosvenor St. (just NW of College
& Yonge) Free but you must pre-register by Feb 14: Paul Bubelis
416-760-8602 email@example.com http://sustain.web.net
* TORONTO RENEWABLE ENERGY CO-OP, Thurs Feb 17, 7-
10pm. Final public meeting on the Federal environmental
assessment Responses to issues including noise, safety, visual
impact, and birds. We strongly encourage people who support the
project to come so that the opponents do not continue to dominate the
formal public consultation process. Metro Hall, City Room, 55 John
St. at King. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.trec.on.ca (new phone #
* ACTIVIST SKILLS WORKSHOP SERIES, Toronto.
Facilitation, Wed Feb 23; Media Relations / Public Speaking, Wed
Mar 8; Poster Making, Wed Mar 15; Direct Action, Wed Mar 22.
Call to confirm location & date. OPIRG Toronto, 416-978-7770
email@example.com 563 Spadina Ave
* HAMILTON TEN DAYS FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE, Sat Feb 26,
9am-1pm, Hamilton. Close the gap between rich and poor, education
and action: practical tools to take back to your church or group on
canceling third world debt, ending sweatshops and promoting
transfair/fair trademark coffee. Workshops, role-plays, participatory
skit, information updates & handouts. Ryerson United Church, 842
Main East (first light east of Sherman), Hamilton. Joy 905-521-0017
or Mary-Joan 905-528-5631
* ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY YOUTH CONFERENCE,
Fri Mar 3 (6pm) - Sun Mar 5 (noon) North Burlington. To inspire &
empower youth to become involved in environmental & social issues.
Amazing speakers & discussion on Culture Jamming, Genetically
Modified foods, the World Trade Organization, Environmental
Justice, Direct Action, Ecofeminism, Animal Rights. Past
conferences have been successful in inspiring new environmental
groups to form in other areas. All interested high school aged youth
from across the province are invited. Also - games, hikes, live music,
meet new friends, share your ideas & concerns! Location: Sidrabene,
an outdoor community center in North Burlington. Vegan meals
included except Friday dinner potluck. $25/negotiable. E.C.H.O.
(Environmental & Community Help Organization) Farrah 416-650-
4040 firstname.lastname@example.org Numbers are limited, registration will
be on a first come, first serve basis.
* THE FUTURE OF FOOD, Sat Mar 4, 12:30pm, Stratford.
Conference on Genetically Engineered Food. Senator Eugene
Whelan (former federal Minister of Agriculture). Presentations
include a physician, farmer, chef, geneticist & others. Starts
12:30pm; dinner 6pm; keynote 7:30pm. $10/$12 incl. dinner. $5
Eugene only. Victoria Inn on the Park, 10 Romeo St. N., Stratford.
Mitchell & Area Environmental Group 519-273-2232
* WORLD VEGETARIAN CONGRESS, Mon July 10 - Sun July
16, Toronto. Top international speakers; participants from around
the world; exhibits; information; food! Health issues; food planning
& preparation; ethics & compassion; activism; being vegetarian;
spirituality; global issues; health professional seminars; economics of
diet; meat industry advertising; youth movement. Seven-day flavour
adventure culminating with a succulent banquet at the 1000 seat
Grande Ballroom. REVISED LOCATION: Toronto Colony Hotel.
Accomodation available; childcare; wheelchair accessible; language
assistance. Seeking volunteers & guides. International Vegetarian
Union and the Toronto Vegetarian Association
http://www.veg.on.ca/wvc2000 email@example.com 416-544-
* TORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL,
Thurs Sept 28 - Sun Oct 1. Mark Haslam 416-537-7742.
*NOTE* Please confirm details (date, time, place, seats, cost) for any
event before you attend. Accuracy of this list is not guaranteed.
(B) RECURRING / ONGOING
(C) NEW EVENTS BEYOND ONTARIO
* FIRST NORTH AMERICAN URBAN AGRICULTURE
CONFERENCE, Mon Mar 6, 8:30am-9pm, Philadelphia.
Entrepreneurial Urban Agriculture: what the studies say, who's doing
it, and who's actually making money at it. Where the opportunities
lie, what are the obstacles; what really makes it work. For-profit &
non-profit. Experts presenting at the conference include urban
agricultural business managers, researchers, planners, and buyers.
$125. 100 participants only; register early. At the Philadelphia
Flower Show Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 113 12th &
Arch Streets, Philadelphia. Sponsored by The Toronto Food Policy
Council amongst others. Sally McCabe 215-988-8846
firstname.lastname@example.org Kim Dmytro 215-988-8869
(D) NOTICES & ACTIONS
* GENETIC ENGINEERING, FOOD & OUR ENVIRONMENT.
Paperbacks for sale. $7.95 (retail $11.95) Jillian Hovey 416-410-
* VOLUNTEERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS IN
TORONTO. Works & Emergency Services needs volunteers to lead
projects promoting Environmental Programs in the City of Toronto.
These 3Rs programs include wise water use, energy efficiency,
Household Hazardous Waste disposal, composting, recycling, lawn
and garden care and the greening of Toronto's neighbourhoods.
Waste Watcher volunteers receive: 40 hours of training about the
Environmental Programs; Tours of waste, water and recycling
facilities; A diploma upon completion of the program. Requirements:
Permanent residency in Toronto. Mary Lovett 416-392-4697
* SOLIDARITY SUMMER PROJECT 2000, north of Toronto. A
summer-long faith, intentional community & activism experience for
youth & young adults (age ~16 to 30). Direct action, nonviolence
training, and community service; sharing your faith through common
prayer, liturgy, ritual, worship and discussion; ecological living,
organic gardening, simple living, & ecological house building. On a
beautiful 60 acre parcel of land 1-1/2 hours north of Toronto (south
of Owen Sound). 4-8 week period (to be determined by the
participants - possibly June 1 - Aug 1). Indoor facilities & camping.
Swimming in the pond, promoting art and concerts, road trips, bike
trips, hiking, art, campfires, coffeehouses. Write or call for an
application a.s.a.p. - possible deadline April 1. Student Christian
Movement. More info: Rob Shearer or Lisa Nafziger, York
University Student Christian Movement, 416-736-2100 ext. 77275
* ATV's ON TRANS-CANADA TRAIL. According to Jan/Feb
2000 Canadian Geographic, all-terrain vehicles (ATV's) are being
allowed on sections of the Trans-Canada Trail. Motorized & non-
motorized use of the trail is mutually exclusive! Would you want to
bird-watch or observe wildlife with 4-wheelers roaring by? Would
you want to take your kids for a bike ride or a walk - if you risk
being disturbed or hit by an ATV or dirt bike? What a waste - to
have gone to all this effort to end up creating just another corridor for
motorized vehicles. There are already 1000's of km's of trail including
snowmobile trails that ATV's use. Write to: Allan Rock:
Elizabeth Witmer 416-326-1571 email@example.com
Related web site: http://www.transcanadatrail.org [or is it .ca? -ed]
* WORLD CONGRESS on Managing & Measuring Sustainable
Development. Call for papers. Preliminary Program:
http://members.home.net/global2000 (click Preliminary Program)
Germain Dufour, The Global Community organization, World
Congress on Managing and Measuring Sustainable Development
SEEKING INFORMATION ON HOW TO ORGANIZE
& PROMOTE AN EVENT. Descriptive info, bibliographies,
links, media, consultants, resources, etc. For the new People-
& Planet-Friendly Web Site (should be up & running by mid-Feb).
Please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org All input will be appreciated,
short or long! If possible, please include the information in the
body of your message (rather than as an attachment). Thank you!
RESOURCES FOR RADICALS. Annotated bibliography of print
resources for those involved in movements for social transformation.
2nd edition. From meeting facilitation, to community gardening, to
civil disobedience, to co-op management, to union organizing.
Feminism, animal rights, anti-poverty, ecology, the peace movement.
$11.00 Toronto Action for Social Change, P.O. Box 73620, 509 St.
Clair Ave. West, Toronto, Ontario M6C 1C0 Brian Burch 416-
STOLEN HARVEST: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply
(book release) World renowned environmental thinker and leader,
physicist Vandana Shiva. http://www.lbbs.org/sep/stolen.htm.
Orders: 800-533-8478 . Sonia Shah or Alexandra Etheridge, South
End Press 617-547-4002.
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITIES SUPPORT GROUP.
South Etobicoke. LAMP Occupational Health Program, 416-252-
(E) FEATURE ACTION - PAUL MARTIN & CLIMATE CHANGE
If you haven't written a "Dear Paul Martin" letter in the last couple of
weeks, about Climate Change, please DO IT NOW! Grab one of
these points (or use your own) and wrap a simple letter around it.
Short and simple.
* the 1990's were the warmest decade in a millennium
* the Feds. (still!) give massive subsidies to the fossil fuel industry
* other countries are investing in renewable energy like wind
(Denmark & Germany) and solar (Japan)
* reducing C02 emissions saves Canadians money, and creates jobs
* with a national job creation program to renovate the country we
could meet and exceed our Kyoto commitments
John Bennett of the Sierra Club writes:
On Tuesday and Wednesday the Liberal caucus is meeting. The
budget will be high on the list of topics.
We know from our sources that the battle is still raging within the
government over how big the climate change spending program will
be. They are pleading with us to demonstrate public support and to
develop media attention because there is time to influence the
outcome. But it requires all of us to use our keyboards, faxes and
I am considering presenting Martin with a pair of new shoes
(traditionally the Finance Minister buys new shoes and wears them
when the budget is presented). I would like to fill the shoes with
letters from individuals and organizations supporting the $1.6 billion
program presented to the Cabinet last fall. So far I have enough to fill
a penny loafer. We need enough to fill hip waders.
Please take ten minutes and send a note to Martin and copy it to me
(email@example.com). Please write Martin (address below) and ask
everyone in your office and neighbourhood to send one too. We can
make a difference this time.
Hon. Paul Martin, Minister of Finance
L'Esplanade Laurier, 21st Floor East Tower
140 O'Connor St. Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G5
Paul Martin's Fax 613 992 4291 firstname.lastname@example.org. (email is not
nearly as effective as faxing)
Thank you all in advance.
John Bennett, Climate Action Network Canada, Director,
Atmosphere and Energy, Sierra Club of Canada
613-241-4611 fax 613-241-2292 email@example.com
(F) HOT SPOTS & COOL LINKS
*** PEOPLE- & PLANET-FRIENDLY WEB-SITE - will be up
& running by mid-February or sooner. Stay tuned!
- ONTARIO ENVIRONMENT NETWORK, P.O. Box 1412,
Station Main, North Bay ON, P1B 8K6. 705-840-2888;
fax 705-840-5862 http://www.web.net/oen firstname.lastname@example.org
- SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES NETWORK
- NATURAL LIFE, CANADA'S ALTERNATIVE
NEWSMAGAZINE. RR 1, St. George, ON N0E 1N0 519-448-
4001 fax: 519-448-4411 email@example.com http://www.life.ca
Print and on-line editions.
- ONTARIO PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP (OPIRG).
Activist resource centre; literature; bulletin board. New address:
563 Spadina, S of Harbord. Mon-Wed 2-6pm; other hours vary.
- ALTERNATIVE RESOURCE GUIDE, 416-487-9401
firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ecotique.com $8.95 Available
in Toronto at Noah's & Grassroots; see web-site for more locations
- GRASSROOTS ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS, 408 Bloor
W. at Brunswick 416-944-1993 and 372 Danforth at Chester 416-
- GREEN COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATION, P.O. Box 928,
Peterborough, ON, K9J 7A5. 705-745-7479, fax: 745-7294
- ECOVILLAGES, Cohousing, Intentional Community in Ontario:
introductory e-mail available. email@example.com
http://www.gaia.org http://www.ic.org http://www.cohousing.org
- KARMA FOOD CO-OP. Toronto's only storefront food co-op.
Great selection of organic & conventional veggies, bulk, meat,
dairy, groceries. Come by for a trial shop. Mon 12-7; Tues-Thurs
12-9; Fri 10-9; Sat 10-6; Sun 11-5. 739 Palmerston (in back lane),
near Bathurst subway. 416-534-1470.
(G) ABOUT THIS LIST
The purpose of this list is to help publicize events of (mostly) non-
profit organizations - and to foster networking & sharing of
information between groups. It is prepared on an as-needed basis
by a volunteer. It is e-mailed out to thousands of interested
persons & organizations around the province (incl. activists,
businesses, politicians, press, unions, etc.). Occasionally, it is
available in print form and is posted around Toronto.
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