Archive for Ecology & sustainability

Pledge for environmental rights

Maryem Tollar with signed Pledge for Environmental Rights.

Please vote on Monday, September 20th and make your voice heard! Today I signed a pledge for environmental rights — As a Member of Parliament, I will support the recognition in law of the right to a healthy environment for all people in Canada.

Debate on the environment

Update: The video of the debate is here:

Toronto-Danforth Virtual Debate on the Environment
Wednesday, 2021 September 8, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Maryem will participate in an all-candidates virtual debate on the environment, one of 100 Debates on the Environment.

Register here to attend     Read more »

The climate crisis

In 2019, a report by Navius Research showed that neither the Liberals nor the NDP nor the Conservatives had a plan that came close to meeting the international goal of a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. The Green Party was the sole exception. Today, the plans of the other parties still fall far short. While they promise to significantly reduce carbon emissions, all three parties support new pipelines. Worse, the Liberals continue to subsidize fossil fuels: $23 billion to oil and gas companies since 2018. Not surprisingly, Canada is the only G7 country whose emissions continue to rise each year.

How bad do the wildfires have to get before we vote for a livable future for our children?

Toronto-Danforth candidate Maryem Tollar outdoors in front of a plain white brick wall.

Danforth Greens Pub Night: sustainable architect Paul Dowsett

Sustainable architect Paul DowsettJoin us for our first Danforth Greens Pub Night of the year featuring a presentation by Paul Dowsett, award-winning sustainable architect.

Toronto-Danforth’s Pub Nights are a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people and talk about the upcoming campaign and issues that are important to you. It is also a chance to meet your candidate and hear from dynamic and high profile speakers on topics covering politics, the environment and democracy.     Read more »

Walk the Don

“Walk the Don” is a free 2km guided tour of the rain gardens of Riverdale.     Read more »

Town hall: Action on climate change through electoral reform

Thursday, 2013 Nov 28, 7pm sharp
Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 765 Queen St E
2nd Floor Auditorium — doors open at 6:45 — free

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City Councillor Adam Vaughan will moderate as:

  • Stéphane Dion, Liberal Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs, former Minister of the Environment & former Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada,
  • Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, and
  • Craig Scott, Democratic Reform Critic of the Official Opposition

speak about how electoral reform can help get action on climate change.

Invite your friends on Facebook.

The price of carbon

2012 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.

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.

2012 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.

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.

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.

2012 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.

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.