Archive for Actions

Please help release President Nasheed of the Maldives

President Mohammed Nasheed has been ousted by a military coup and is under house arrest.  I’m taking a bit of time out of my campaign to urge everyone to help him.  Please sign this petition and then write to Prime Minister Harper, urging him to use his influence to secure the release of Mr Nasheed.

President Nasheed was the first democratically elected leader of the Maldives.  Hear why we need his voice to be free:

2012 Jan 18: Stop online censorship

On Wednesday 2012 January 18, thousands of sites will go dark to protest SOPA & PIPA, two US bills racing through Congress that threaten online security and freedom of expression.

Earth Hour 2012

Saturday, 2012 March 31, 8:30pm

Support the world’s largest environmental event in 2012! Join the more than 52,00 cities and towns in 135 countries around the world that turn off their lights for one night. To find out more, visit earthhour.org.

Global Day of Action on Climate Change

Saturday, 2011 December 3, 10am
Oakham Lounge, 2nd Floor, Oakham House
Ryerson University, 63 Gould St.

This event takes place half way through COP17, the 17th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, currently taking place in Durban, South Africa, until December 9.

Speakers in Toronto include:     Read more »

2011 Oct 28: Want to plant some trees in South Riverdale?

Friday, 2011 October 28
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
955 Queen St East
(near Carlaw)

Make a growing difference in our community! Come out and join the South Riverdale Community Health Centre to help plant about 60 Serviceberry, Elderberry, and Hazelnut trees in various assisted living and lower income housing locations around the Health Centre.

People (preferably with shovels and or wagons) interested in volunteering can come to the centre in the morning to help pick-up and then plant the trees (they will be in eight inch containers and will be about 12 inches tall).     Read more »

Yes In My Back Yard Festival

YIMBY logoSaturday, 2011 Oct 22, 11 am – 4 pm
401 Richmond Street West

The Centre for City Ecology presents the 5th annual YIMBY (Yes in My Back Yard) Festival — YIMBY AT FIVE.

From the website:

This festival provides a social space for people and groups involved in grassroots, locally-driven community development to gather, exchange ideas and strategies to effect change, and imagine their future city. It’s a chance to celebrate achievements and identify new challenges and opportunities, in an atmosphere focused on listening, learning and engaging.

To find out more or to participate in this year’s YIMBY event, visit yimbytoronto.org.

2011 Sep 25: Project Neutral in Withrow Park

Sunday, 2011 September 25, 2pm – 6pm
Withrow Park
, in Riverdale

Project Neutral is a competition between two Toronto neighborhoods, Riverdale and the Junction, to transition to carbon neutrality.

They are hosting an event in Withrow Park this Sunday.  Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu and Tim Whalley will both attend.

Moving Planet: Green Energy Field Day

Saturday, 2011 September 24, noon-6pm
Queen’s Park, Toronto

Part of 350.org’s global day of action, Toronto hosts this event to celebrate the progress that Ontario has made on clean energy and to urge the government to go even further. The event will feature engaging speakers, including Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu at 3pm.

There will also be solar-powered live music, information booths and a Kid’s Zone with lots of fun activities. For more information visit the Moving Planet: Green Energy Field Day web site.

Update: Pictures and video from the event:

Adriana and Tim Whalley…

Also Penelope for Ontario, former Mayor David Miller, Sean-Patrick Stensil, Jose Etcheverry…      Read more »

Join Tim Whalley’s volunteer team

We’re now less than a month away from provincial election day. We’ve got a big team of volunteers helping Tim Whalley, our Green Party of Ontario candidate. But we always need more. Please let us know if you can help out in any way. There’s lots of fun, easy ways to help, either with a group of people together or on your own time at home. Here’s your first volunteer task: request a sign.

Toronto-Danforth candidate Tim Whalley at volunteer BBQ

More action against Keystone XL pipeline

I previously wrote about Patricia Warwick, one of the “Fabulous 45” – so named because although they came to Washington expecting to face a $100 “post and forfeit” for defying the rules of the park in front of the White House, they discovered that those arrested the previous day were to be held for 3 days.  The 45 risked arrest anyway.

The actions against the Keystone XL pipeline (which would enable a vast expansion in the capacity for oil production from the tar sands) at the White House continued for another 12 days after Patricia’s arrest, with over 1200 arrests in total, including east Toronto residents Sharon Howarth, the Green Party of Canada candidate in Toronto-Danforth in the 2008 federal election and David Wilson, an oil industry retiree.  Tar Sands Action, which organized this demonstration, vows to continue working to oppose the pipeline

Sharon Howarth arrested protesting Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

David Wilson arrested protesting Keywtone XL tar sands pipeline

The action against the Keystone XL Pipeline is now moving to Canada, where activists are planning a sit-in on September 26. You can find out more and join here.