Archive for 2007 December


This is a great spoof site that attempts to highlight the silliness of carbon offsetting by applying the same principle to relationships.  Thanks to local supporter Marilyn Zavitz.

2008 Jan 3: East Toronto Community Coalition

The East Toronto Community Coalition
Thursday, 2008 January 3, 6:30 pm
Ralph Thorton Centre

We are looking for volunteers to help with the documentary screening of Wal-Mart Nation.

Additionally, we will be finalizing a “community vision questionnaire”.

If you would like to get involved, please join us!

Happy holidays 2007

Happy, happy Christmas to everyone who celebrates.  Happy holidays to those who don’t.  That’s an order.

2008 Mar 17: Byelections announced in Willowdale and Toronto Centre

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced byelections in 4 ridings for Monday, March 17.  Two of those ridings are in the Toronto area, Willowdale and Toronto Centre just west of us.

Note that March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, the day we paint things Green.

I urge everyone to get involved.  The Green Party candidate in the riding next door is Chris Tindal.  He is one of my favourite Green Party people.  We’ve worked together a number of times.   He is poised, knowledgeable and thoughtful.  I would love to see him get the seat, but he’ll need to beat Bob Rae, running for the Liberals.

2008 Jan 18: David Suzuki at UofT

Tickets for this presentation went on sale earlier today.  I got mine.

David Suzuki at UofT
Friday, 2008 January 18, 6:30 pm
Convocation Hall
31 King’s College Circle
2 blocks west of University Avenue, 1 block north from College Street
in the University of Toronto

tickets available here

2007 Dec 21: Kensington Festival of Lights 2007

Sorry for the late notice, but tonight is the longest night of the year.  And as every year on the winter solstice, Kensington market comes alive with an interactive, commercial free celebration where the night is lit up with candles, lanterns and a raging bonfire to end it off.

Kensington Festival of Lights
Friday, 2007 December 21, 6 pm sharp
corner of Augusta and Oxford
in Kensington Market
416 598-3729 —

Unite to ignite the longest, darkest night

Joina cavalcade of costumed characters, giant puppets, stiltwalkers and firebreathers in a luminescent lantern-lit carnival parade in Toronto’s legendary Kensington Market.  Journey through narrow streets, encounter surprise theatrics on rooftops and in storefronts — revel in a fiery solstice send-off at Bellevue Square Park.

Bang a drum or a pot or pan, ring a bell, sing a song, carry a lantern, wear a costume …this is a participatory event!

Come celebrate the return of light!  Handmade and commercial-free since 1988.

Agrichar — hope for soils

A bit of hopeful news that’s being tossed around lately is the potential of agrichar to improve the ability of soils to absorb carbon.  Agrichar is a pyrolysis product from biomass wastes.  The pyrolysis process itself can also provide energy so it’s one of those lovely win-win ideas I like so much.  If the trials keep showing good results, this will likely become one of the things we use to fight global warming.

Britain: 100% wind power by 2020

The “100%” in the the title above refers to “100%” of home electricity — not home heating, industrial electricity, and certainly not transportation.  But this represents a major post-Bali turnaround and a difficult goal to acheive in just 13 years.  Read the whole article in The Independent.

Results: Isolated Canada grudgingly accepts Bali deal

Yesterday, after getting an emergency appeal from the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC) delegation to Bali, I sent out an urgent appeal to all our supporters to bombard the Prime Minister’s office with requests to stop blocking the negotiations.  Basically, Canada was the only holdout Kyoto nation refusing to endorse targets of 25-40% by 2020.  I have no doubt that because of this tremendous effort by CYCC and their supporters here in Canada, Minister John Baird in Bali capitulated to the pressure and agreed to the targets other countries proposed.  Thank you to everyone who contacted the Prime Minister.     Read more »

Antics in the Legislature

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, I fasted with Donna Dillman and several other supporters, including our nominated candidate Sharon Howarth.  We all sat with Donna at the Legislature every afternoon.  It was an eye-opening experience, with a lot of counterproductive heckling and shouting in a rabidly partisan atmosphere.     Read more »