Archive for Ecology & sustainability

Tue May 15: The “Great Lakes Need Great Friends” tour

Tuesday, 2012 May 15, 7:00 pm
The Argonaut Rowing Club
1225 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

This event  aims to forge links and build relationships in communities surrounding the Great Lakes, in an effort to protect the future of our shared water. It features presentations by Kevin McMahon, Director of Wildlife; Mark Mattson, Lake Ontario Waterkeepers; Chiefs of Ontario; and Maude Barlow, The Council of Canadians.

For more information, call 1-800-387-7177, or email inquiries@canadians.org.

Tue May 8: Climate Change Toronto Meetup

Tuesday, 2012 May 8, 6:30pm
OISE, 2nd floor
(252 Bloor St. W. @ St. George)

You’re invited to hear Dr. Richard Peltier, University of Toronto Physics Professor, founding director of U of T’s Centre for Global Change Science, and 2012 recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, speak about climate modelling and what it can tell us about the current state of climate change.

To learn more about Dr. Peltier and this event, visit the Climate Change Toronto Meetup site.

Sat Apr 21: Withrow Park cleanup

Saturday, 2012 April 21, 10am to 2pm
Withrow Park
, 725 Logan Ave

Calling all spring cleaning enthusiasts! This is your chance to help make Withrow a clean and safe place for our kids and pets to play. Plus, have fun in the fresh air as you clear away cigarette buts, parts of broken toys and lots and lots of plastic.

Meet at the Withrow Park Washroom Pavilion. If you show up late, don’t worry – there’ll be a sign-in sheet and some garbage bags waiting for you. For more details, click here.

Thu Apr 26: Composting and vermicomposting workshop

Thursday, 2012 April 26, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East

CC-BY-NC-SA: soil-net.comLearn about some really easy and effective ways to compost in your backyard, on a small scale and with worms! RSVP by Monday, April 23 by contacting Wanda at 416-461-1925 or riverdale.food.workshops@gmail.com.

Tue May 8: Container gardening for beginners workshop

Tuesday, 2012 May 8, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre, 86 Blake Street (in the Adult Lounge)

Register by Monday, April 23 with containergarden2@gmail.com or call 416-392-1750 x 307. Click here for more information.

Thu May 10: Exploring the soil food web and compost tea workshop

Thursday, 2012 May 10, 6:30pm to 8pm
Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St East

Find out how you can improve your soil’s fertility, reduce plant disease and improve your garden in almost every respect.  RSVP by Monday April 23 by calling Wanda at 416-461-1925 or email riverdale.food.workshops@gmail.com.

Sun Apr 22: Beaches East York Green Party Earth Day Beach Cleanup

Sunday, 2012 April 22, 10am to 2pm

Do something fun this Earth Day and help clean the Beach till it sparkles! Meet at the Leuty Lifeguard Station (at the foot of Leuty Ave.). For more info contact Jeff Johns.

Sat Apr 14: Join the Spring cleanup

Saturday, 2012 April 14, 10am to noon
Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve
67 Pottery Road (between Bayview and Broadview)

Every year, volunteers gather at the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve to clear away garbage that has blown in during the winter. And to witness the gorgeous wildflowers that are blooming!

If you’d like to join in and learn more about the stewardship team’s efforts, come by on Saturday morning. Tools and snacks will be provided! RSVP with Paula at 416-423-1504.

Don Mouth Vision threatened again

Battles for good planning are lost only once but must be won over and over and over again to continue prevailing.  Once again, we are struggling against a small-minded view that would attempt to contain the full flow of the Don River in storm as it courses through a waterfront newly coated with densely packed buildings including a possible big box development.

What former GPC candidate Sharon Howarth led the fight for was the broad and compelling vision of a Don Mouth re-born into something like what nature intended for it – a broad wetland floodplain with a meandering river, filled with songbirds and tall grasses and boardwalks for people to enjoy.  Her vision prevailed in the public mind and thousands of citizens demanded it.  This led to an inspired visioning process that created an award-winning and internationally recognized design.  Since that time, the elements of that design are constantly being chipped away in the name of economy and profit.

Write to your Councillor now (all comments must be in before April 15 so do it today before you forget) and demand that the City recommit to more green space and more renaturalization.  Demand more wetlands to economically clean the air and water, and to help absorb and manage the floods that climate change is likely to inflict on the city.     Read more »

Thu Apr 19: Community Water Fluoridation Event

Thursday, 2012 April 19, 7pm
Room 310, Metro Hall, 55 John St

Want to get informed and involved in municipal actions that could see the end of municipal water fluoridation and the beginning of an era of a municipal water supply that is safe for everyone to drink? Meet international expert and author, Dr Paul Connett, PhD (Chemistry/Biochemistry), who will give a presentation on local and world-wide water fluoridation issues confronting communities.      Read more »

Thu Apr 5: 3 Degrees — Learn about climate change with Lee Norton

Update: Adriana’s portion of the evening was recorded.  Thanks again to David Langer for this.  The video is set to start part way through, where Adriana talks about pricing carbon.  You can drag the progress bar to the left to watch from the beginning.

Thursday, 2012 April 5, 6:30pm
Free , but must click here to register to learn location.

This presentation is being organized by one of our campaign volunteers, Betty Muir:

Come hear the latest news about climate change in this presentation by Climate Reality Project-Canada certified speaker Lee Norton.  His presentation “3 Degrees” is continually updated to reflect the changing understanding of climate change.     Read more »

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:

Our children deserve better

I am so honoured to be the Green Party candidate in Toronto-Danforth again.  My very great thanks to all those who participated in the nomination.  I look forward to working with you to paint this riding a rainbow of green!  Here is a part of my nomination speech:

Our children deserve better.

In my lifetime, we will burn through 80% of the available oil. Our generation has enjoyed unprecedented luxury. It’s our solemn duty to leave something for our kids.     Read more »

Sat Mar 31: 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.

Durban climate negotiations update

I’ve been following the COP17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa from right here in Riverdale.  This will be a long, rambling omnibus post on my thoughts and concerns.     Read more »

Elizabeth May at climate change talks

2011 Dec 3: 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 Dec 7: Post Carbon Toronto: Transit City is Dead — Now What?

Wednesday, 2011 December 7, 7pm
Metro Hall, 55 John St.

This Meetup will focus on the future of transit in Toronto with featured speaker, Steve Munro.

Steve will cover     Read more »

2011 Nov 18: Occupied Economies: Designing Solutions to Global Problems

Friday, 2011 November 18, 4:45 pm
Design Exchange, 2nd Floor, 234 Bay St

This free event features:     Read more »

2011 Nov 17: Celebrating Aboriginal people in Canada’s Boreal Forest

Thursday, 2011 November 17, 7 pm
Room 1016, Wilson Hall, New College
University of Toronto

The Canadian Boreal Initiative and the University of Toronto Forestry Faculty invite you to attend this free event and “be inspired by Aboriginal leaders sharing their personal stories of their relationship with their land and their vision for their people.”     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 »

2011 Oct 19: Post Carbon Toronto Meetup: Kyoto is dead — now what?

Wednesday, 2011 October 19, 7 pm to 9:30 pm
City Hall, Committee Room #2

Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu will be speaking at Post Carbon Toronto’s 83rd monthly meetup, which will focus on the current state of climate change. Adriana will present the political and science sides of the equation as they currently stand and the possible solutions she sees for the future. The second featured presenter, Dr. Danny Harvey, will be speaking about the latest discoveries in climate science and about Canada’s tar sands.

For more information, visit the Post Carbon Toronto Meetup site.

2011 Oct 22: 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 Oct 12: Planet in Focus — Toronto Environmental Film Festival

Wednesday, 2011 October 12 to October 16

The 12th annual Toronto Environmental Film Festival comes to the city this October. Featured films include Revenge of the Electric Car, narrated by Tim Robbins, The Whale, narrated by Ryan Reynolds, and Werner Herzog’s Happy People: A Year In The Taiga.

For the festival schedule or to buy tickets, visit planetinfocus.org.