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People- & Planet-Friendly Events & Resources (00/04/13)
PEOPLE- & PLANET-FRIENDLY UPDATE
Revised Thurs. Apr. 13, 2000
Here are upcoming SUSTAINABLE LIVING, ENVIRONMENTAL
& SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS, workshops, courses, meetings,
festivals, conferences, etc. in Toronto, Ontario & beyond.
PLEASE PASS THIS ON or post at your office or neighbourhood.
*** CONTENTS ***
(A) NEW EVENTS IN ONTARIO
(B) Recurring, Ongoing & Series
(C) Events Beyond Ontario (none this week)
(D) RESOURCES, Notices, Actions & Opportunities
(E) Feature (none this week)
(F) JOBS & CONTRACTS
(G) About this Newsletter
This is the *UPDATE EDITION*, which includes NEW events
that have not been mentioned in previous messages (plus a few
reminders of events coming up this week). New listings
(since April 7 edition) are indicated by an asterisk (*).
In order by date.
* Send new events to email@example.com (cc firstname.lastname@example.org)
and please FAX all Toronto-area events to NOW magazine:
new fax: 416-364-1166 (email@example.com) by 5pm
Thursday, a week before the Thursday of publicaton.
(A) NEW EVENTS IN ONTARIO
* Includes events in Toronto, Maple/Kleinberg, Hamilton,
Kitchener, London, Pickering, Ottawa, Hockley Valley, Canada-
wide, radio broadcast
* INEXPENSIVE "SUSTAINABLE LIVING" TOURS -- of
organic, permaculture, alternative energy, sustainable construction
& other creative & empowering sites in Toronto & Ontario. Meet
the people who are living sustainably right now! One or two-day
tours to be held on weekend(s) this summer. Sliding scale/shared
costs. Currently in the planning stages... let us know if you're
interested (or just curious), and we'll keep you informed! Also
seeking partners & volunteers. JP: firstname.lastname@example.org 416-
234-9846 and Peter email@example.com 416-410-8630
* Broadcast: CAN BIOTECHNOLOGY END HUNGER?
National Public Radio, Fri Apr 14, 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific.
National call-in show (1-800-989-TALK). The directors of the
US's two leading food policy think tanks will debate the pros &
cons of using genetically altered crops to combat world hunger.
With Dr. Peter Rosset, Executive Director, Food First/Institute for
Food and Development Policy (IFDP) http://www.foodfirst.org
and Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Director General, International
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) http://www.cgiar.org/ifpri/
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS - PUBLIC FORUM (TO
BE BROADCAST), Fri Apr 14, 7pm, Toronto. Quirks & Quarks
public forum, with Ann Clark & Elisabeth Abergel, plus NGO's,
activist groups, and others knowledgeable in the field - panel on
science issues in food safety. Broadcast will probably be one of
the last two weeks of June. Free, but you must reserve: call 416-
205-3876. Limit 4 tickets/person. At Glenn Gould Studio, CBC
Toronto, 250 Front St. W [Quirks & Quarks airs Saturdays across
Canada on CBC Radio One (FM 99.1 in Toronto) from 12:06-1pm.
Covering topics in science, technology, medicine & the
* GET LISTED IN THE ONTARIO ENVIRONMENTAL
DIRECTORY! Deadline: this Monday, April 17. The Ontario
Environment Network is producing a new edition of the
Environmental Resource Book (ERB), a comprehensive directory
of over 500 environmental & conservation groups in Ontario.
Used by environmentalists, students, citizens, media &
government. No charge to be listed (OEN member or not). A
copy is given free to OEN member groups; available to everyone
else for approx. $10. If you are a non-profit, non-gov't
organization/group working in Ontario on env't issues, please e-
mail the following info: (1) Org. Name; (2) Contact Name(s) &
Position; (3) Mailing Address; (4) Phone; (5) Fax; (6) E-mail; (7)
Web site; (8) Brief Descrip. of your org. & its activities (max 100
words); (9) Primary Issues of interest. Ontario Environment
Network, P.O. Box 1412, Station Main, North Bay, ON, P1B 8K6
Phone: 705-840- 2888 Fax: 705-840-5862 email@example.com
JUST TRANSITION 2000, Sat Apr 15, London Ontario.
Just Transition, Pollution Prevention, Extended Producer
Responsibility, Clean Production. $35 incl lunch. Some subsidies
available. CAW Local 1520 Hall, London.
http://members.home.net/jimahon/jtransition/ Jim Mahon, Ont.
Env. Network - Labour Caucus firstname.lastname@example.org 519-681-3680
* MARCH AGAINST THE IMF & WORLD BANK, Sat Apr 15,
3:30pm, Toronto. Rally begins 3:30pm at the American Consulate,
360 University Ave (north of Queen). March begins 4:00pm. To
show solidarity with the actions in Washinton DC; send-off for the
Toronto protesters headed to Washington; send a clear message to
the corporations who are pulling the puppet strings of the IMF and
World Bank. "We will not put up with having our brothers and
sisters in the developing world kept in servitude; we will not put up
with our own government being run from afar by international
financial institutions; we will not put up with the big bank and its
massive projects which make refugees and slaves of the people of
the world". email@example.com WTO Action Coalition
* ECO-FESTIVAL, Sat Apr 15, 10am-5pm, Ottawa. Env.-friendly
businesses, orgs & products; alt. vehicles; Honda's new hybrid
electric vehicle. Carlingwood Shopping Centre, 2121 Carling Ave.
Dena Splinter 613-733-8733 firstname.lastname@example.org
* NATIONAL WILDLIFE WEEK, Sat-Sun Apr 15-16, Toronto.
Celebration of wildlife conservation with rare wild animals. 12:30,
1:30, 2:30, 3:30pm. $10/$6. Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don
Mills 416-696-3127 (related site: http://www.wildlifeweek.org)
SOLAR & WIND ENERGY TOUR & WORKSHOPS (level 1),
Woodbridge/ Maple/ Kleinberg. One-day workshop: theory,
practical application, system components, costing, sizing. Held in
Kortright's renewable energy cottage, powered by wind & sun! An
invaluable source of unbiased info. Dates: Sat Apr 15, Sun Apr 16,
Sat Oct 14, Sun Oct 15 (10-4pm) or Thurs Aug 17 (6pm-9:30pm).
Location just north of Toronto (west of Canada's Wonderland).
Day: $45 Eve: $35 Advance reservation & payment req'd:
Kortright Centre for Conservation, "Canada's Largest
Environmental Education Centre" & home to Canada's largest
demos of renewable energy technology. 905-832-2289
* WEST-END COHOUSING / CO-OPERATIVE
NEIGHBOURHOOD? Sun Apr 16, 8pm, Toronto. First meeting
for anyone interested in, or curious about, the possibility of
forming a "cohousing" neighbourhood, or other similar forms of
co-operative living in the west end of Toronto. Free. All
welcome. Call Janice Milach 416-975-5592. [Related cohousing
& ecovillage resources: June 2-4 cohousing conference in Toronto:
Dorothy Mazeau email@example.com 905-857-6374 or Jeff Gold
information: http://www.cohousing.org http://cohousing.ca
http://www.gaia.org (ecovillages) http://www.ic.org (intentional
community) - ed]
* ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH FOR YOUR FAMILY, Sun Apr
16, 1:30-4:30pm, Toronto. Environmental links to cancer (Sat
Dharam Kaur, ND); Health risks for adults & children in indoor
environments (Ian Morton, Pollution Probe). At the Michener Inst.
for Applied Health Sciences, 222 St. Patrick (near Dundas & Univ;
St. Patrick subway). $10. 416-299-5113
* EARL BALES EARTH DAY, Sun Apr 16, 11am-2pm, Toronto.
Crafts; eco-science; eco-fair; boyscout presentation; reptilia animal
show; nature walks. At Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169
Bathurst St. Brian Waterman 416-395-7873 firstname.lastname@example.org
* LOST RIVER WALKS, (series) Sun Apr 16 - Aug 20, Toronto.
Come explore hidden nature under our city! Explore a national
park to be, ancient trails, trees, geology, heritage buildings, old
airfields, butterfly gardens, backyards & naturalization projects,
ancient native settlements, wildflower & community gardens.
Discovery... appreciation... protection.
Sun Apr 16, 2pm (meet Davisville & Yonge)
Sun Apr 16, 1pm (meet Fairbanks Comm. Ctr., 2213 Dufferin)
Sun Apr 30, 2pm (meet NE corner Ray Ave. & Weston Rd.)
Sat May 6, 10am (details 416-781-7663)
Sun May 21, 2pm (meet Chester subway)
Sun June 18, 2pm (meet outside Bathurst subway)
Sun June 25, 2pm (meet south side King & Roncesvalles at footbridge)
Tues July 11, 6:45pm (meet Deer Park Library)
Sat July 15, 10:30am (garden tour; meet Davenport Perth Neigh. Ctr., 1900
Sun July 16, 11am-4pm (meet Wychwood & St.Clair)
Sun Aug 6, 2pm (meet outside Sherbourne subway)
Sun Aug 20, 2pm (meet Yonge & Albertus)
More info / mailing list: Peter Hare 416-482-3032 or Helen Mills
416-781-7663. North Toronto Green Community 416-488-7263
email@example.com and Toronto Field Naturalists 416-593-2656
CANADIAN CENTRE FOR PHILANTHROPY, 6th Annual
Symposium, Mon. Apr. 17-18, Toronto. Scott Dagostino, 416-
597-2293 firstname.lastname@example.org Radisson Plaza Hotel, 90 Bloor St. E.
* PICKERING "A" NUCLEAR STATION RE-START, Mon Apr
17, 7:30pm, Pickering. GTA residents - please attend this city of
pickering council meeting. All Canadians - please write
Environment Minister David Anderson. Ontario Power Generation
(OPG) is proposing to reopen the 30-year-old Pickering A Nuclear
Station beginning in 2001. The four reactors were closed in 1997
due to management and safety issues. Pickering A is the oldest and
most dangerous nuclear station in the country, and has suffered
from many serious accidents since the first reactor became
radioactive in 1971. If OPG was trying to build a new nuclear
plant in the Greater Toronto Area today, it would never be allowed
because of the high population density. There are more people
living around Pickering than around any other nuclear site in the
world (over 1.5 million in a 30 km radius). A 1991 study by the
Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB -- the federal regulator)
found levels of childhood leukemia in Pickering above the
provincial average. The AECB's finding that this was not
statistically significant has been challenged by a noted
epidemiologist for failure to use appropriate statistical methods.
Pickering Council Chambers, 1 The Esplanade (municipal building
has clock tower, located just east of the Pickering Town Centre
mall, take Glenanna Rd. south from Kingston Rd.). Take the Go
Train to Pickering and walk north across the 401 to City Hall. If
driving, exit at Liverpool, drive north to Hwy 2 (Kingston Rd),
then east to Glenanna. A strong showing of public support for this
motion is essential at this meeting! More info / model letter: Dave
Martin, Nuclear Awareness Project 905-852-0571
* TORONTO ENVIRO FESTIVAL, Mon Apr 17, 11am-2pm.
Mayor Lastman & Councillor Layton launch Earth Week in the
City of Toronto. Interactive displays; live stage; planting tables;
giveaways; info displays & Art in Rotunda. At Nathan Phillips
Square & Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. Free.
More info: Fred Henriks 416-392-3819 email@example.com
* TORONTO ENVIRONMENT 2000, Mon Apr 17, 9am-5pm.
Info displays on protecting & sustaining Air, Water, Soil & Energy
in Toronto. Also: art display. City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St.
W. Fred Henriks 416-392-3819 firstname.lastname@example.org
EDUCATION IN THE GARDEN, Mon Apr 17, 7-9pm, Toronto.
Gardens are a wonderful opportunity through which to investigate
not only natural sciences, but also language, geography, creative
writing, painting, sculpture, mathematics, cultural attitudes &
traditions. And children are not the only ones who can learn from
a garden. Come for an evening of stimulating exchange with other
gardeners, teachers, and students of all ages. Toronto Community
Garden Network Monthly Leadership Series. Free. 80 Sheppard
Avenue East, in the Catholic Teachers Centre. More info: Laura
Berman 416-392-1668 email@example.com
POWER SHIFT: COOL SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL WARMING,
Mon Apr 17, Ottawa (and Apr 18 in Vancouver, Apr 20 in
Calgary). Expo opens: 5pm; Keynote: 7pm. With DAVID
SUZUKI: scientist, broadcaster, environmentalist; and Ralph
Torrie: Canada's foremost sustainable energy expert. Displays
include public transit solutions, wind & solar power, transportation
& energy efficiency alternatives, such as electric bicycles and
scooters and soon-to-be released hybrid vehicles. Solutions to
strengthen the economy, our communities & safeguard the
environment! $10/$5 Mon Apr 17, Ottawa Congress Centre
(more info: Mini Alakkatusery 613-729-1604); Tues Apr 18,
Vancouver Hyatt Regency Hotel; Thurs Apr 20, Calgary Jubilee
Auditorium. Join the climate-action list serve. Send a blank
message to: <firstname.lastname@example.org> More info:
http://www.davidsuzuki.org 604-732-4228 ext 257
* CLEAN THE HUMBER EARTH WEEK & OTHER EVENTS,
Apr 17 - June 17, Toronto. Clean-ups, tree plantings, Humber
Heritage Day (Sun May 7, noon-2pm, Etienne Brule Park), Lake
Wilcox Day, more. More info: Toronto Region Conservation
Authority 416-661-6600 ext 5237 email@example.com
* SECRETS OF THE FREE MEDIA, Tues Apr 18, 1-5pm,
Toronto. Learn how to use the free media to promote a non-profit
org or small business. Canadian Business Resource Centre, 145
Front E. 416-924-8077 [The only problem with this workshop is
it's far from "free" ($195)! If anyone goes - please give this
starving activist the scoop! Or maybe several of us could pitch in
& send one person (please email Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org) - ed]
ACTIVE PEOPLE: ACTIVE DEMOCRACY, Tues Apr 18, 7-
10pm, Toronto. Civic engagement; how our values affect how we
participate in gov't decisions; front-line experiences on how to
influence gov't decisions. With Dr. Benjamin Barber, Director,
Whitman Center for the Culture & Politics of Democracy (Rutgers
University, New Jersey) and a leading scholar on civic
engagement, democratic theory & the civic movement; Dr. Neil
Nevitte (U of T, a leading scholar on public opinion & political
participation); Elizabeth May (Exec. Director, Sierra Club of
Canada, author & frontline activist & advocate). OISE
Auditorium, 252 Bloor W (btwn Bedford & St George). More
info: Councillor David Miller 416-338-0338
* STRAWBALE HOUSES, Tues Apr 18, 7:30pm, Toronto. An
emerging form of building that combines the traditional methods
of prairie pioneers with modern building techniques to create
structures that are strong, durable, economical to heat, cool in the
summer, acoustically quiet, and aesthetically appealing.
Challenging our assumptions on the way we build homes. It turns
out that the little pig who built his home out of straw was on the
right track. Slide show & discussion. With Russell Scott of the
Ecology Retreat Centre. At Grassroots Riverdale, 372 Danforth
Ave (at Chester). Pay what you can (suggested $5). Reservations:
416-944-1993 or email@example.com
* VIEWS FROM MY CANOE, Tues Apr 18, 8pm, Ottawa.
Becky Mason's life in & around canoes; a journey to the rivers,
lakes and oceans of her favourite Canadian parks; her adventures
and love for these places. Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society
Annual General Meeting. National Library of Canada, 395
Wellington Street, Ottawa. Free; all welcome. More info: 613-
232-7297 http://www.cpaws-ov.org http://www.cpaws.org
* ARE HIGH OIL PRICES GOOD or BAD for the environment?
Tues Apr 18, 7:30pm, Toronto. Join in the debate with: Tom
Adams (Executive Director of Energy Probe) and David Crane
(Leading economics columnist for the Toronto Star). Free. Main
Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W. (at Bay).
Followed by an hour of the Coalition's inspired networking!
Coalition for a Green Economy. More info:
http://www.web.net/ecorecov Daniel Oster 416-487-9326
GENDER, GLOBALIZATION & THE WTO, Wed Apr 19,
7:30pm, Toronto. With Josephine Grey & Anna Hendrikx. Get
your copy of "Globalization: Some Implications & Strategies for
Women" (summary available by e-mail). Free. OISE, 252 Bloor
St. W, room 4426 (at St George subway). People Against the
MAI, 3rd Wednesday of each month. 416-535-6605
* EXPLORING EARTH DAY, Wed Apr 19, Toronto. At
Riverdale Farm. **CORRECTION** Event is only for school
children who are registered for the event through the Toronto
District School Board. 416-392-6643
* EARTH FAIR & BENEFIT, Wed Apr 19, 11am-3pm & 7pm,
Ottawa. A showcase of issues & technologies relating to
environmental health, climate change, pesticides, biodiversity,
forestry, sustainable development, genetic engineering and more.
Live music, guest speakers & env-friendly prizes. Powered by
renewable solar energy. The Sierra Club of Canada & over 20
environmental orgs & businesses celebrates the 30th anniversary of
Earth Day on Sparks Street Mall ($free). ALSO: Earth Day
Benefit Concert, 7pm at Barrymore's ($10/$12). John Purkis 613-
* GE: WHO'S THE BOSS HERE? Wed Apr 19, 7pm, Kitchener.
James Heller explains the pressures big GE companies place on
gov't to limit testing & regulation of Genetically Engineered
products. At The Working Centre, 58 Queen South, Kitchener.
* TV TURNOFF WEEK, Sat-Fri April 22-28, World-wide! A
handful of megacorporations now control most of the global
information flows -- and routinely censor opinions that challenge
their interests & profitability. What are we going to do about it?
TV Turnoff Week is a start. Millions of people leaving their
screens blank for a week is a powerful exercise of consumer
sovereignty. Planning an action on your campus, high school or
workplace? Get some ideas or download a poster:
http://www.adbusters.org. Check out the new 30-second TV
Turnoff "Uncommercial." It's a potent little mindbomb and 60
public access stations have already agreed to air it. If you can
secure airtime in your area, we'll send a broadcast copy for free!
Email your address to firstname.lastname@example.org (specify VHS, 3/4",
or BETA). We've raised $3,500 to air the spot twice on CNN
Headline News. To help fund more airings: Allan MacDonald 604-
737-2583 or email@example.com. More info: Tom Liacas
firstname.lastname@example.org. For quick delivery of broadcast videos
or for media interviews: TV Turnoff Hotline 1-800-663-1243.
Cheers from the staff & volunteers at Adbusters. [Unplug the
brainwash and free up your energies -- get "real!" Breaking the
addiction for more than a few weeks can help you discover a whole
new life. ;) ed]
* EARTH DAY 2000, Sat Apr 22, Canada-wide. Register your
event on-line or fax it so we can publicize, promote & track your
Earth Day activities. Earth Day Canada - http://www.earthday.ca
Lynda 416-599-1991 ex107 email@example.com
http://www.jourdelaterre.org Another related web site: Mark
Dubois 206-876-2000 x203 firstname.lastname@example.org
* WATER WATCH 2000, Sat Apr 22, 9am-noon, across Ontario.
Join students, teachers & concerned citizens across Ontario to
monitor water quality on Earth Day. Citizen's Environment Watch
(CEW) formed in response to provincial water monitoring
cutbacks. CEW provides all the materials, incl. classroom activities
for teachers. Tera Sharpe 416-978-4144 email@example.com
GLOBAL WARMING, Sat Apr 22, TV broadcast. Two hour
television special by PBS' Frontline & Nova. The science, the
unknown, the policy debate. A dramatic journey from Greenland
to the equator; from the corridors of power in Washington to the
rapidly growing industrial cities of China and India - to find out
how the Earth's climate system works and what the future may
BUILD A SOLAR SHOWER & LEARN PERMACULTURE! Sat
Apr 22, 10am-5pm, near Hamilton. Intro to permaculture
(sustainable systems design) & exploration of renewable energy
through construction of a solar shower. Optional potluck dinner &
social (bring instruments!) At Plan B Organic Farm, north of
Hamilton/Dundas. $50 ($25 underwaged) + potluck item for
lunch (+ one for dinner if staying) Alviro 905-659-2572 or Jillian
Hovey 416-410-7581 firstname.lastname@example.org
* COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING, Sat Apr 22, 10am-2pm.
Renaturalizing Wilket Creek. Bring a shovel & boots. Rain or
shine. Civic Garden Centre, Edwards Gardens, Lawrence E. &
Leslie. More info: Cindy English 416-397-1355 email@example.com.
* NO NEED TO BE GUINEA PIGS: Local Alternatives to GE &
Globalized Food, Wed Apr 26, 7pm, Kitchener. With Susan Loh,
Fair Share Harvest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA);
Wolfgang Pfenning, Pfenning's Organics & More; Sara
MacDonald, Community Gardening Network, Kitchen Garden
Project; Fiona Heath, Ebytown Food Co-op & the Simple Living
Newsletter. At The Working Centre, 58 Queen South, Kitchener.
* PERMACULTURE IN A NUTSHELL, Thurs Apr 27, 7:30pm,
Toronto. Intro & overview of the principles of Permaculture.
What is Permaculture? A science, an ethic and a lifestyle: the
study of water, plants, animals, energy, soils, and technologies that
focus on pollution- or waste-free systems; an ethic of supporting
the Earth and its diversity of life; and a lifestyle of appropriate
activities that can include growing organic food, sustainable
contruction, waste reduction, energy self-reliance, etc. A great
intro to the upcoming Permaculture certificate courses [May 29 -
June 7]. With Richard Griffiths, Permaculture Community Action
Worknet (PCAW) and the Ecology Retreat Centre. Slide show &
discussion. Pay what you can (sugg. $5) Grassroots Riverdale,
372 Danforth Ave (at Chester). Reservations: 416-944-1993
* TREE ADVOCATE PLANTING PROGRAM, Fri Apr 28,
Toronto. Plant a tree! 16 locations across Toronto. Free.
Councillor Joe Pantalone 416-392-4108
* HEALTH CONFERENCE 2000, Fri Apr 28, Toronto. An
opportunity for leaders in the promotion of healthy living to come
together for a day of interaction, professional development & info
sharing. University of Toronto Faculty of Physical Education &
Health; The Ontario Physical & Health Education Association. At
University of Toronto. Info/register http://www.ophea.org 416-
* SOLAR & WIND ENERGY WORKSHOPS (level 2),
Maple/Kleinberg. One-day workshop: component testing,
installation guidelines, wiring, codes. Held in Kortright's
renewable energy cottage, powered by wind & sun! An invaluable
source of unbiased info. Dates: Sat Apr 29, May 13, Aug 19, or
Oct 21 (10am-4pm). Location just north of Toronto. $85 incl
lunch. Advance reservation & payment req'd: Kortright Centre
* SOLAR (PV) INSTALLATION WORKSHOPS (level 3),
Maple/Kleinberg. Apply what you learned in level 1 & 2 to an
actual installation. Dates: Sun Apr 30, May 14, Aug 20, or Oct 22
(9am-4pm). Location just north of Toronto. $160 incl lunch.
Advance reservation & payment req'd: Kortright Centre 905-832-
* EARTH DAY in HIGH PARK, Sun Apr 30, noon-4pm, Toronto.
Activities, demos & displays. By Colborne Lodge, near the south
entrance to the park. Free. Cheryl Hart 416-392-6916
* JANE JACOBS - THE NATURE OF ECONOMIES, Mon May
1, 7:30pm, Toronto. The connection between economy & nature.
Jane Jacobs, author of The Nature of Economies; Death & Life of
Great American Cities; Systems of Survival. John Stackhouse,
development issues reporter, Globe & Mail; author of Out of
Poverty. $5/$3. Tickets on sale now: 416-978-8778. At Hart
House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle (near College & University).
* MAYDAY 2000: RECLAIM THE STREETS! Mon May 1,
4pm, Toronto. Toronto's 3rd & largest yet Global Street Party: a
festival of ideas & actions against corporate rule. Following in the
footsteps of international protests like May 16th 1998, June 18th
and November 30th 1999, May 1st 2000 will be a global
celebration of our diverse struggles against capitalist exploitation
and the destruction of the planet's ecology. Speakers, tripod
squatters, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, jugglers & street performers,
break-dancing, guerilla gardening, Critical Mass bike ride, free
food, childcare & kids activities, live DJs spinning to a solar-
powered sound system, street art, anti-corporate street bowling &
the world's largest maypole. The concept of the Global Street
Party has a history going back to the earliest neolithic solstice &
equinox celebrations, to the Roman Bachanal, the medieval Feast
of Fools and the Dance of Death, and to the Carribean Carnival, all
of which feature an element of social inversion and the ridicule of
unjust authority. Similar events in Winnipeg, Montreal,
Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, and over 80 other cities
worldwide. The People's Global Action, a decentralized,
international body of indigenous peoples, farmers, labour activists
& environmentalists fighting capitalist globalization. Supported by
labour councils & community groups. Starts 4pm at the south side
of the CN Tower. Also seeking groups & indivs interested in
helping us promote & co-ordinate the day's events. More info:
firstname.lastname@example.org 416-760-5519 http://rts.toronto.tao.ca
* NOT-FOR-PROFIT MARKETING STRATEGIES, Tues-Thurs
May 2-4, Toronto. Experts in the branding, marketing, advertising
and communications fields on how they've taken business sector
strategies & made them work in the not-for-profit sector.
Including: branding; online & e-mail marketing; database mining;
segmentation; promoting special events.
arkStrat.htm 416-665-6868 1-800-363-0722.
* WHY IS CAPITALISM DESTROYING THE PLANET? Thurs
May 4, 7:30pm, Toronto. With Jennifer Story (Council of
Canadians); Owens Wiwa (Movement for the Survival of the
Ogoni People); Michelle Robidoux (International Society). At
Oakham House, Ryerson University, 63 Gould St. 416-924-9042
* INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES -
RESEARCH DAY, Fri May 5, 8:45am - 12:10pm, Toronto. Join
us for a look at the eclectic mix of topics & people that reflect the
research conducted by members of IES. "Carbon dioxide
inhalation challenges in idiopathic environmental intolerance"; "A
'green' strategy for adapting urban areas to atmospheric change";
"Water quality in the Credit River: 1965 - 1998"; "Developing
green technologies for a healthier planet"; "Ecosystem-based
protected area management in a municipal landscape: the case of
the Rouge Park"; "Child neuro-development following in utero
occupational environmental exposure to organic solvents";
"Introducing WASTE-ECON: a 5-year project on waste
management in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia". Room 113, Koffler
Inst. for Pharmacy Mgt, 569 Spadina Ave (at Bancroft), U of T.
No reg. req'd; all welcome. More info: Mona El-Haddad 416-978-
* MARCH TO END HOMELESSNESS, Sat May 6, 11am,
Toronto. Gather at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen W.); march
to Queen's Park. Bring your own banners, placards, slogans. Food
provided. Join us to demand a National Housing Policy &
immediate allocation of resources to end the national shame of
homelessness. Info: 416-226-5228.
* PLANT SALE & COMMUNITY GARDEN LAUNCH Sat May
6, 9am-noon, Toronto. Behind the Canary Restaurant, corner of
Front & Cherry St. Vegetables, herbs & flowers organically grown
from heritage seeds by the folks at Annex Organics /Foodshare.
* TORONTO AREA YOUTH WEEK EVENTS - Sat-Fri May 6-
12. National ecovillage camp &conference (Ecology Retreat
Centre, Hockley Valley) (May 4-8); Landmines Activism
conference (May 5-7); AIESEC national leadership conf. (May 7-
12); free activist workshops by Oxfam, Planned Parenthood,
Delisle Youth Services, NAC, etc. (May 7); Ruckus 2000 - free
workshops for high school students on Greenspace, Youth &
Governance, Drugs & Drug Abuse, Body Image, Globalization,
Media, Sweatshops, Anti-Oppression, community fair /
organization tables (May 8); Substance Use & Violence in Youth"
(May 9); Beat the Street - Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Open House (May 10); Youth Challenge International Green
Summit (May 11); Naomi Klein & youth labour activism Speak-
out (May 12); Metro Network for Social Justice Activist Fair for
youth, Toronto super student council annual meeting, community
clean-up day, Youth Week closing bash (May 13). Welcoming
volunteers, organizations & participants! Youth Action Network
*** "The world is run by the people who show up!" ***
(Events after May 6 will appear in future editions).
(B) NEW RECURRING / ONGOING EVENTS & SERIES
* SUSTAINABILITY FORUM, 2nd Thursday of each month,
6:45pm, Toronto. Applying the principles of The Natural Step, a
common framework of easily understood, scientifically based
principles to guide society to a sustainable future. Supporting the
development of an ecological perspective in Canada. Speakers,
networking, resources, design. Free, all welcome At the Design
Exchange, 234 Bay (at King). (usually in the Resource Centre -
look for signs) email@example.com 416-444-1101 (Ottawa
contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 613-564-7764) Info on "The
Natural Step" http://www.naturalstep.org
(C) NEW EVENTS BEYOND ONTARIO
None this week.
(D) NEW RESOURCES, NOTICES & ACTIONS
* HISTORY & THEORY OF NON-VIOLENT RESISTANCE,
(free course / drop-in / notes) To be offered after June in a location
to be determined (Hamilton / Toronto / GO transit access). Course
notes & bibliograpy are available by e-mail. Brian Burch email@example.com
(F) JOBS & CONTRACTS
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