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.
Archive for 2007 December
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, happy Christmas to everyone who celebrates. Happy holidays to those who don’t. That’s an order.
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
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 — firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »