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[OPIRG-EVENTS] People- & Planet-Friendly Events, Films, Courses, Broadcasts, Links (Jan 2001)

Revised Wednesday January 3, 2001
& SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS, workshops, courses, festivals, 
films, broadcasts, resources & jobs in Ontario & beyond. 
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*** CONTENTS ***
(A) JANUARY 2001 - Events, Films, Broadcasts, Courses, Links 
(B) Other Announcements, Resources, Links
(D) About the People- & Planet-Friendly 

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an asterisk (*). In order by start date.  

* January 2001 events in Toronto, Hamilton, Alton, Guelph, 
Kitchener, Craigleith, Ottawa, Nepean, Vision TV, on-line. 

* ACTIVIST WORKSHOPS & SOCIAL, Sat Jan 6, noon-5pm, 
Toronto. An afternoon of political workshops to arm your mind & 
prepare for the struggles 2001 will throw at us. Noon-1:45pm: A 
Peoples History of Fighting Back - inspiring history lessons not 
taught in school; 2-3:30pm: Reading Relations, Mapping the 
Intersection - Himani Bannerji (author of The Dark Side of the 
Nation and Thinking Through) discusses the intersecting relations 
of race, class & gender. 3:45-5pm: Popular Writing About 
Unpopular Ideas - Naomi Klein (author of No Logo: Taking Aim 
at the Brand Bullies and Globe & Mail columnist) hosts a 
workshop on activist writing & communication skills. At the 519 
Community Centre, 519 Church St. Post workshop social: Anti-
Racist Action's 2nd annual Urban Culture Jam: 3 floors of live acts 
including hip-hop, ska, and house music at the Big Bop (Queen & 
Bathurst). Discounted tickets will be sold at the workshops. 
More info: New Socialist Group 416-969-3209  
[ http://www.web.net/~newsoc ]

Toronto. A group of concerned citizens, encouraging progressive 
policies of local & provincial politicians. C4LD is one of the few 
groups that continously monitors local governments & questions 
the voting record of politicians on local issues. All welcome to 
express their opinions & concerns. Free. Toronto City Hall 
(check at reception for room #), Bay & Queen. c4ld@yahoo.com 
416-977-8736 http://www.geocities.com/c4ld/

Monday evenings OR Tuesday mornings beginning Jan 8, Nepean. 
Thought provoking videos by eco-spiritual prophets such as  David 
Suzuki, Rachel Carson, Thomas Berry, Elizabeth Dodson Gray, 
David Abram and Paul Hawken, for inspiration, discussion & 
action. Starts Mon Jan 8, 7:15-9:15pm or Tues Jan 9, 9:30-
11:30AM. Facilitators: Rev. Isobel McGregor & Rev. Rob 
Campbell. $25 for 8 sessions (incl. handouts & refreshments). 
Centrepointe House, 380 Centrepointe Dr, Nepean. 
More info/register: 613-820-0598.

GENE ACTION, Wed Jan 10, 7:30pm, Toronto. Monthly meeting 
& info session. Speakers & workshops on Genetic Engineering 
(GE) / Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMO's). Inform & 
inspire ourselves & others to act on the issue of GE food. All 
welcome. Free. 2nd Wednesday of each month. Room 212, 
348 Danforth (upstairs at Carrot Commons, near Chester subway). 
More info: geneaction@hotmail.com 416-685-4222  

6pm, Toronto. Cross-sectoral forums to exchange ideas, develop 
contacts, learn about new initiatives & jobs, and have fun. 2nd 
Thursday of each month. Bow & Arrow Pub, Yonge just north of 
Davisville. Please confirm details: Stephanie Tencer, 
stencer@web.ca 416-971-4484. http://www.peck.ca/yep/yep.html

BEFRIENDING THE EARTH 2 - Designing the Green Economy. 
2nd & 4th Thursday evenings, Jan. 11 to April, 7:15-9:15pm, 
Nepean. Study/action group based on book by Toronto's green 
activist & educator Brian Milani who explores a  practical, post-
industrial alternative to corporate globalization. Includes 
discussion, videos, refreshments. Wheelchair accessible. 
Facilitator: Isobel McGregor. $20 for 8 sessions, plus text (about 
$20). Alternate meeting time a possibility. Bethany Baptist 
Church, 382 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean. Register: 613-820-0598.

Hamilton. New regional office of the Canadian Catholic 
Organization for Development & Peace. Check out our resource 
centre, learn more about our work, and meet interesting people 
involved in international solidarity work. Munchies & drinks; all 
welcome; free. 354 King St. W. Room 206  More info: Lori Ryan 
lryan@devp.org 905-528-0770 http://www.devp.org

Toronto. Join our team and get "hands on" with Clearcutting 
Ontario & other important campaigns. Meet experienced activists 
& learn new skills. Write articles for magazines, fact sheets & 
action alerts; fundraise, talk with media & politicians, organize 
public meetings & press conferences, write petitions, attend 
conferences or meetings, help with database management, 
internet/library/telephone research, interviewing, legal research, 
slogans & banners, presentations. At the Sierra Club office, 517 
College, Suite 237 (west of Bathurst). If you can't make the 
meeting, call, e-mail or write us! More info: Sadhana (Sadi) 
Sivasubramaniam, Sierra Club Eastern Canada Chapter  
416-960-9606 eastern.canada.chapter@sierraclub.org  
http://www.sierraclub.ca  http://www.sierraclub.ca/eastern

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course), Mondays Jan 15 - Apr 9, 6-8pm, Toronto. Global warming 
is a daunting but fascinating problem. It's a concentrate of the 
world's environmental, social, political, cultural & economic issues 
-- and a laboratory for such fundamental concepts as 
environmental justice, sustainable development and global 
governance. Course includes: the science of global warming: what 
is happening exactly? (4 classes); the history & forces at play in 
climate change negotiations & the Kyoto protocol (4 classes); 
solutions: efficient transportation, renewable energy, carbon sinks, 
taxes and subsidy shifts, etc. (5 classes). Lectures, open 
discussions, videos, guest speakers, outings. All welcome - 
beginners, experienced, activists, ordinary citizens. Free - 
presented by the Free University of Toronto. Register if possible; 
attend one class or all. U of T Physics Dept., 60 St George, room 
713. More info: Loic Jounot loic@atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca 
416-532-9483 http://www.utoronto.ca/acc/freeu/

* SAVE THE OAK RIDGES MORAINE, Tues Jan 16, 7-9pm, 
Toronto. Help save the moraine! Overview & update, followed by 
presentation of volunteer opportunities & sign-ups. With Debbe 
Crandall (Director, STORM Coalition) and Christina Sharma 
(Public Education & Volunteer Coordinator). Subway-accessible 
location in downtown Toronto t.b.a. RSVP asap: Christina 416-
236-7234 (rohit.sharma@attcanada.net)   http://www.stormco.org

PEOPLE OF THE REEFS, Tues Jan 16, 9pm, Vision TV. 
Indonesia battles the loss of its coral reefs and marine life - 
an ecological crisis that intimately affects 140 million lives. 
http://www.visiontv.ca  416-368-3194

THE GREEN ECONOMY, Tuesdays Jan 16 - Mar 20, 7-10pm, 
Toronto. Practical strategies to create community-based eco-
economies. Agriculture & the food system; urban eco-design; the 
soft energy path; feminist economic alternatives; community 
financial systems; green industry. Literature & expert guest 
speakers - Toronto's cutting edge innovators in each sector. $100 
for 10 classes. Metro Labour Education Centre, 1207 King W. 
(at Dufferin). More info: http://www.greeneconomics.net  
Brian Milani 416-968-1282  Register: 416-537-6532

SUSTAINABLE TORONTO: A Community-University Research 
Alliance, Wed Jan 17, 4pm, Toronto. With Beth Savan, Director, 
Environment Studies Program, Innis College, U of T, and Lois 
Corbett, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance 
(TEA). Free; all welcome. Room 2093, Earth Sciences Centre 
(Huron & Bancroft), U of T. More info: Mona El-Haddad 416-
978-6526 m.elhaddad@utoronto.ca  
[TEA's website: http://www.torontoenvironment.org ]

17, 7-8:30pm, Toronto. What are the hot environmental issues? 
How can freelance journalists cover them? With smog in the 
downtown core, tainted water in Walkerton, nuclear power in 
Pickering and global warming all around us, there's no shortage of 
good environmental stories. On the other hand, they aren't always 
easy to sell. Join the discussion as veteran environmental 
freelancers talk about the environment from a freelancer's 
perspective. With Suzanne Elston (freelance newspaper columnist 
& radio journalist, Great Lakes Radio Network); Stephen Leahy 
(freelance environmental reporter); Saul Chernos (freelance 
environmental reporter). Followed by refreshments in the pub 
downstairs. Suggested $5 donation. Orchardview Public Library 
(one block north of Eglinton subway), 2nd floor. More info: Saul 
Chernos 416-364-0725 schernos@sympatico.ca  Paul Lima 
writer@paullima.com  Periodical Writers Assoc. of Canada 
http://www.pwac.ca  Society of Environmental Journalists 

ECO-QUEERS, Wed Jan 17, 6pm, Toronto. A monthly place for 
youth, queers & anyone who cares about the planet to meet, 
activate, share, debate, ask questions, network and build! This 
month: brief eco-feminism talk; 519 roof-top garden plans, more. 
Free. 519 Church St. Community Centre  (3rd Wednesday 
monthly) More info: 416-924-2100 x264 soy@soytoronto.org  

* BANNERS & MURALS, Wed Jan 17, 6-8pm, Toronto. Cheap, 
time-saving techniques & tricks for making silkscreen banners & 
canvas fabric murals! Free, all welcome. At the Women's Centre, 
563 Spadina Ave., north of College. More info: OPIRG Toronto 
416-978-7770 opirg@campuslife.utoronto.ca 
[ http://www.campuslife.utoronto.ca/groups/opirg ]

* MEDIA RELATIONS 101, Thurs Jan 18, 7-9pm, Toronto. Learn 
how to promote your events as & deal effectively with the media. 
Free, all welcome. Pendarves Room, International Student Centre, 
33 St. George St., just north of College. More info: OPIRG 
Toronto 416-978-7770 opirg@campuslife.utoronto.ca 
[ http://www.campuslife.utoronto.ca/groups/opirg ]

* LIFE UNDER MIKE, Fri Jan 19, 7pm, Toronto. A madcap, 
David & Goliath tale... Mike Harris & the Common Sense 
Revolution. Homelessness, foodbanks, weakening of the labour 
movement, sweatshops. Interviews with John Kenneth Galbraith, 
Charles Kernaghan and Jack Layton. Music by Dylan & Springsteen. 
$3/$4/$7. Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. (Bathurst subway). 
416-516-2330 http://www.bloorcinema.com  
http://www.guerrillafilms.org [ see also http://www.mikeharrispc.com ]

* URBAN SPRAWL FLYOVER, Fri Jan 19, 7:30pm, Alton. A 
virtual flyover of Caledon & the GTA, and discussion about urban 
development in Caledon. A hi-tech, big screen presentation: you'll 
really feel like you are flying over the local landscape. The 
magnitude of the gravel pits will become more evident than ever 
and our modest tree cover will also become apparent. At the SGI 
Centre (Orphen Lake), Hwy 136, north of Alton (south of 
Orangeville). More info: Nicola Ross, Caledon Countryside 
Alliance 519-927-0548 

STOP THE FTAA - General Assembly, Sat Jan 20, Toronto. 
General assembly of all the groups that are organizing around 
stopping the Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement. On April 
20-22, 2001, heads of state from every country in the western 
hemisphere (except Cuba) will meet in Quebec City at the 
"Summit of the Americas" to finalize a hemispheric "free" trade 
agreement known as the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). 
Think NAFTA on steroids. The FTAA will create the largest free 
trade market in the world, and further the corporate agenda at the 
expense of workers, communities, and the environment. Meeting 
time & location to follow. Toronto Moblization for Global Justice 
416-516-7535 mob4glob@tao.ca  http://www.mob4glob.ca  
[related: http://www.cmaq.net  http://www.oqp2001.org 
http://www.tradewatch.org/FTAA/ftaahome.html Sierra Club's 
Responsible Trade Program - Environmental Action kit on the 
FTAA: Dan Seligman 202-675-2387 ]

* KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Tues Jan 23, 7-9pm, Toronto. Legal 
rights & activism. Rose Wolfe Room, International Student Centre, 
33 St. George, just north of College. Free, all welcome. More info: 
OPIRG Toronto 416-978-7770 opirg@campuslife.utoronto.ca 
[ http://www.campuslife.utoronto.ca/groups/opirg ]

* ANTI RACISM WORKSHOP, Wed Jan 24, 6-9pm, Toronto. 
Cumberland Room, International Student Centre, 33 St. George, 
just north of College. Free, all welcome. More info: OPIRG 
Toronto 416-978-7770 opirg@campuslife.utoronto.ca 
[ http://www.campuslife.utoronto.ca/groups/opirg ]

Craigleith/Blue Mountain. Winter Break 2001 - downhill & cross-
country skiiing, hiking & networking for the parks & environment 
community. Also, bursaries of $7000 available for students in 
environment & parks. Buses from Toronto, London or Cambridge. 
$30-$80 one day, $165-$185 overnight. Hotel reservations for Jan 
25 - deadline Dec 24. More info/register: Mark Inglis 
inglism@mmm.ca 905-882-7242 or John Hannah 519-740-4681, 
Arthur Beauregard 416-392-0724, Tony DeJongh 519-442-7900, 
Andy Goldie 519-837-5618. Ontario Parks Assoc.

28, Guelph. Canada's largest public, organic event. Organic trade 
show: organic food tasting & marketing fair (Sat 8.30am-5:30pm 
& Sun 9am-4pm, FREE). Dozens of workshops & courses for all 
interest levels (all day Sat. & Sun. - inquire about prices). Topics 
include home organic gardening, one-acre gardening as a lifestyle, 
developing home-craft organic products, organic cotton & textiles, 
herbs, organic processing, biotechnology & its relationship to 
organics, compost techniques, developing your orchard, 
BioDynamics, more. Special, pre-event 1.5-day Eco-Ag Intro 
Course (Thur-Fri noon $130). Two 3-hour in-depth seminars (Fri 
1pm). Organic Buffet "Meet the Presenters" (Fri 4:15-6:45pm, 
$35). Public Forum "The Global Challenge for Organic Farming 
Systems" - speakers: Dr. Ann Clark (Plant Ag. prof.), Brewster 
Kneen (Canadian author - on corporate agendas, the WTO & 
organics; http://www.ramshorn.bc.ca), and Bernward Geier 
(IFOAM/Germany) (Fri 7-9:15pm, $10). Keynote: Dr. Ann Clark 
'The Road Ahead' (Sat 9:15am). Entire program is located at 
Guelph University Centre. More info: full, detailed 
brochure/highlights: 519-824-4120 ext. 2558. Sponsorship or trade 
list inquiries: Tomas Nimmo 705-444-0923. 
<organix@georgian.net> <http://www.gks.com/OrgConf/> 
[related site http://www.organicadvocates.org ]

* ACTIVIST POSTER MAKING, Mon Jan 29, 5-7pm, Toronto. 
Introduction to using Pagemaker 6.5. Pre-register. OPIRG office, 
563 Spadina Ave., north of College. More info: OPIRG Toronto 
416-978-7770 opirg@campuslife.utoronto.ca 
[ http://www.campuslife.utoronto.ca/groups/opirg ]

Toronto. Film premiere & discussion with David Suzuki & others. 
Fragile ecosystems and amazing discoveries in Canada's 
endangered rainforests. The connections among rainforests, salmon 
and the people of Canada's Pacific Coast. With Dr. David Suzuki 
(scientist, broadcaster, environmentalist); Patricia Sterritt (Chief 
Councillor, Gitga'at First Nation); Dr. Tom Reimchen (Biologist, 
Univ. of Victoria). $10/$6. Doors open 7pm, show starts 7:30pm. 
At The Music Hall, 147 Danforth (near Broadview subway). 
Info/advance tickets
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