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Flyering for a new voting system

Fair Vote Canada is flyering both pro- and anti-coalition rallies to let people know that only proportional representation can solve this paliamentary crisis in the long run. “It’s the voting system, stupid!” Below is their message:     Read more »

2008 Nov 28: 2008 Green Party of Ontario policy conference

Here is your chance to help determine the policy direction of the Green Party of Ontario leading up to the 2011 election. The conference is focused in engaging members in the policy development process through dialogue. It’s a great way to get involved beyond voting!     Read more »

2008 Nov 24: Support wind power in Toronto

Toronto Hydro is exploring the possibility of putting windmills in Lake Ontario, about 2 km off the shores of the east end of our city.  The first step is to install a wind measuring device in the Lake. Moving forward on this proposal marks the first real step in turning around our energy future. But Hydro will need permission to proceed, and a small but vocal group is fighting even the current effort to measure the wind speeds.

Come to the community meeting to learn more about the proposal and voice your opinions:

Monday, 2008 November 24, 6:30pm
Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute
145 Guildwood Parkway, Scarborough
(Bus 116 from Kennedy station)
More information about the proposal

If you can’t come to the meeting, write a letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources, more information and a sample letter can be viewed on the website above.

This is the first step towards generating clean, renewable and local energy, so take the time to educate yourself about the proposal and help make sure that the measuring does not get blocked. This is the kind of action we need in order to cut our dependancy on oil and deal with the threat of climate change.

Franz Hartmann of the Toronto Environmental Alliance

2008 Nov 18: Community meeting on Eastern Avenue big box development

The 5 ½ month hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) for the “Big Box” application for Eastern Ave has now concluded. A decision is expected in December.     Read more »

2008 Oct 25: 3rd annual Yes In My Backyard Festival

As opposed to NIMBY (Not In My Backyard), YIMBY is a movement that encourages Torontonians to actively participate in the city building process. This event is a non partisan political event that brings together politicians, business associations, neighbourhood groups and citizens to share ideas on how to make Toronto a better city by promoting healthy community development through open discussion.      Read more »

2008 Oct 14: 40th general election

The word mark for Elections CanadaCanadian Federal Election
Tuesday, 2008 October 14

For more info check out the Elections Canada Website, especially to see what identification you need.

Demand Democratic Debates Rally

edit: Less than an hour after I posted this, the Conservatives backed down and said they will allow Elizabeth to participate. Now they’re just trying some funny stuff about bringing McKay in.. anyway. Read below for an outline of the drama for democracy.     Read more »

Kids’ drawing contest: bikes on Bloor

Bells on Bloor is holding a drawing contest for children under 11.  They are asked to draw a picture of what Bloor Street would look like with more bells, bikes, and a bike lane, in response to the City of Toronto looking into the feasibility of building a bike lane on this major thoroughfare.

Contest closes Aug. 31     Read more »

2008 Aug 27: Urban forest orientation session

Wednesday, 2008 August 27, 7-8:30 pm
Ralph Thornton Centre

To register:, or 416-413-9244

LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) in partnership with City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation present an orientation session for anyone interested in getting involved in Toronto’s urban forest scene.

Green Garden Party Fundraiser with Elizabeth May

Join former GPC leader Jim Harris and his wife Lee-Anne as they host a fundraiser with Elizabeth May and Don Valley West nominated candidate Georgina Wilcock.     Read more »

Love Your Water! Community Watershed Stewardship Day

Another family nature event at Evergreen: a fun day of water bug monitoring, a wetland ecosystem discovery walk and wetland wildflower planting. Come for a picnic too!     Read more »

Summer Solstice Wildflower Day

Celebrate the longest day of the year with Evergreen. Learn to identify and plant native Ontario prairie and meadow plants in your garden.     Read more »

2008 Jun 14: Forum on Poverty Reduction

Local NDP groups are organizing forums on poverty reduction. The one in Toronto-Danforth is happening this weekend.

From Poverty to Power
Saturday, June 14, 2008, 10am-2:30pm
City Adult Learning Centre (1 Danforth Avenue)

Riverdale Art Walk

The Riverdale Art Walk (RAW) is an annual, juried fine art exhibition and celebration that takes place in Toronto’s Queen East neighbourhood (Riverdale and Leslieville). The Riverdale Art Walk showcases 100+ artists, organizations, galleries, and businesses and attracts 10,000+ art-lovers and participants.     Read more »

The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure

Between 2008 July 4th and 11th, join the Waterfront Regeneration Trust in their first-ever organized, energized, super-sized bike ride from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border. Travel the whole 680 km route over eight days; or join in for one or two days for a ride you’ll never forget!     Read more »