Archive for 2007 February

Can Canada meet Kyoto?

Can Canada meet its Kyoto Protocol GHG emission targets?

Consider that Kyoto is a tiny step on the way towards much larger steps that will be required to avoid death for millions. So I think the answer is necessarily yes (and so do Canadians for Kyoto). Ask Aron Ralston, the mountain climber, whether it was possible to escape when his arm got trapped under an 800-pound boulder for five days.

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, in the Globe and Mail today, says the answer is certainly yes when you include the Kyoto Protocol “loopholes” that allow us to partially buy our way out of our legal obligations. She says that in any case, abandoning this international process will lead to diplomatic disaster followed by environmental catastrophe.

May predicts that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will introduce intensity targets (less emission per unit of production, but ultimately more emissions) and hopes “the voters are as smart as the atmosphere”.

2007 Mar 3: Tooker Gomberg 2007 memorial

The evening after Mary Ann Grainger’s candidate and campaign school, there will be a memorial for Tooker Gomberg:

On the 3rd anniversary of Tooker Gomberg’s passing, please join us for tales, ritual, music, and special screening of the 2006 video documentary Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs.

Followed by a Critical Mass bike ride along Bloor/Danforth to celebrate TakeTheTooker.ca.

Tooker Gomberg Memorial
Saturday, 2007 March 3, 7:30 pm
341 Bloor St West
(at St George) free
For more info call 416-534-9033 x 1

Charles Battershill’s first interview

Charles Battershill has had his first newspaper interview after receiving the Green Party’s nomination in Toronto-Danforth.  The article, by Karolyn Coorsh in the Town Crier, discussed the Green Party in two ridings, Beaches-East York and Toronto-Danforth.  Here’s what was said about our riding:

The winds of change are blowing in Beaches-East York and Toronto-Danforth as the federal Green Party searches for a star candidate to replace former party leader Jim Harris and introduce a new candidate to the Danforth riding.

According to recent polls, Green Party support nationwide has spiked to 10 percent.

Meanwhile, the Toronto-Danforth Federal Green Party riding Association elected York University professor Charles Battershill as its candidate in early February.     Read more »

2007 Mar 13: Jim Harris’s convenient slideshow

At their next meeting, the Coalition for a Green Economy will feature Jim Harris, former leader of the Green Party of Canada, delivering the slideshow presentation that Al Gore developed and used in his now Oscar-winning movie.

Al Gore trains and certifies people to deliver this presentation, and you get the benefit of a personal touch.  For those of you who want to see the material again or can’t make the movie night on March 2, this is a great opportunity.

Live Inconvenient Truth Slideshow
Tuesday, 2007 March 13, 7:30 pm
City Hall
(Queen at Bay) free

2007 Mar 2: A convenient Oscar

Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” just won the Oscar for best documentary.  Jack Layton will be screening the film on March 2 at Riverdale Collegiate Institute at 6 pm.  There will be a panel discussion afterwards, so the evening will end at 10 pm.  If you haven’t seen the film, take this opportunity to view it and to tell our MP what needs to be done.

Congratulations Mr. Gore.  May your movie inspire politicians the world over to speedier action.

An Inconvenient Truth + panel discussion
Friday, 2007 March 2, 6 pm
Riverdale Collegiate Institute
1094 Gerrard St E
(east of Jones) free

Ban the bulb

Australia will phase out standard incandescent light bulbs over the next few years.  California may soon be doing the same.

This is a simple and obvious step.  Even with current energy prices, the economic benefits of fluorescents will come quickly. 

It’s a sobering thought that Wal-Mart’s plans are more aggressive than our own Canadian government’s in this regard.     Read more »

2007 Feb 21: An inconvenient vigil

Actually, it’s a perfectly convenient vigil: just one hour, relatively warm weather, good people.

Show your support for Al Gore’s message. You might head over to Green Drinks after, but first join this vigil organized by the East Toronto Climate Action Group:

An Inconvenient Truth — Candlelight Vigil
Wednesday, 2007 February 21, 6 pm
outside Convocation Hall, King’s College Circle
University of Toronto

“This is not a political issue; it is a moral issue”
— Al Gore

On Wednesday February 21st, Toronto citizens will unite in a peaceful display of solidarity in response to Al Gore’s message delivered in An Inconvenient Truth.

Al Gore is scheduled to speak at 7:00 pm in Convocation Hall. As 900 tickets sold in 1 minute, and the website crashed due to more than 20,000 hits in 3 minutes, it is apparent that many in Toronto are in agreement that we are suffering climate change.

Please show your support for his crucial message by attending an hour long candlelight vigil to symbolize your willingness to become carbon neutral and recognize your ecological footprint.

Meet in front of Convocation Hall from 6 pm — north of College & west of University Ave. Walk through the main gates of the U of T campus and you will find King’s College Circle. Convocation Hall is on the left and we will stand outside. Carry a small light which we will turn off at 7:00 pm when Al Gore begins his lecture inside the Hall.

Families are encouraged to attend.

East Toronto Climate Action Group
etcag@sympatico.ca

恭喜发财

Chinese Year of the PigGung hei fat choi! Happy New Year!

2007 Feb 21: Missing Al Gore? Drink green

Well, Al Gore is talking at Convocation Hall.  But if you’ve missed your tickets for that sold-out event, you can always go drink with other environmentalists.  Green Drinks meets the third Wednesday of every month at the Bedford Academy pub.

The Bedford AcademyGreen Drinks
Wednesday, 2007 February 21, 5:45 pm to late
Bedford Academy, 36 Prince Arthur

(near Bloor St W & Avenue Rd, steps away from St George subway) Free

But first, at 6 pm, join a short show of support for Al Gore’s message at Convocation Hall, not far away.

Send a Valentine to Temagami

Local Green Ian Jackson asks us to take action on Valentine’s Day for the Temagami old-growth forest.  Here is the email sent by Earthroots:

TAKE ACTION FOR TEMAGAMI BY THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th!

Please take a few minutes to send a personal letter to show your support for increased protection in Temagami. Submitting your comments will only take a few minutes of your time.

Send a free fax right now by clicking on this link.

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