Archive for Ecology & sustainability

2012 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.

2012 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 »

2012 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 »

2012 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 »

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