Welcome new subscribers!
Thanks for signing up last Sunday at EcoFair! Below is a copy of our most recent newsletter, which went out last week. While some of the events have passed, there are still some important events / actions you can take part in, particularly the COP27 events on November 12 and 13. You are also invited to attend our next (online) meeting on November 25 - details below.
We welcome your feedback - and please feel free to share any news you think we should include in upcoming newsletters. Watch for the next one coming out a bit later this month.
- Anne Fleming, newsletter editor
Dear Green Neighbours
It’s time for EcoFair 2022! Back in person after two years, this homegrown event on Sunday, November 6 from 11 am-4 pm at the Wychwood Barns, is the perfect way to learn, engage and have fun with many of the green resources Toronto has to offer. Check out the details below!
Also, the Ontario government has tabled Bill 23 to hasten housing development at the expense of precarious wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas. You’ll find resources below to understand what the bill entails and what you can do to make your voice heard.
After the municipal election, John Tory returns for a third term as mayor and there are nine new faces on City Council, including Dianne Saxe as the new councillor for Ward 11. See the full list of the newly elected council here.
Green 11 is a non-partisan, grassroots, volunteer-driven community group working on environmental and climate change related issues in Ward 11, University-Rosedale. Green 11 is a founding member group of the Green Neighbours Network of Toronto.
If there is a green initiative that you are interested in starting and recruiting volunteers for, please get in touch with us and we will see how we can support you. If you are wondering if people in Ward 11 are working on a particular green project, get in touch with us and we might be able to point you in the right direction.
Green 11 Monthly Meeting
The next Green 11 meeting will take place on Friday, November 25th, 4 - 6pm. If you would like to attend contact email@example.com to RSVP and receive the Zoom invitation.
Calls to Action
Protect energy efficiency and affordability in Bill-23
The More Homes Built Faster Act (Bill-23), which is being fast-tracked through the Ontario legislature, will take away municipalities’ authority and inadvertently undermine the affordability benefits that energy-efficient, climate-resilient buildings provide to owners and tenants. You can use the Atmospheric Fund letter template here to share your views.
Interested in weighing in on the province's recent omnibus legislation? Standing committee hearings on Bill 23 will take place in Toronto on Nov 16-17 - the deadline to register for oral presentations at those sessions is 6 pm on November 9.
Demand the Ontario Government Prioritize Renewable Electricity Generation
The provincial government is planning to increase Ontario’s reliance on natural gas for power generation. Urge Energy Minister Todd Smith to reconsider this position and invest in renewable power generation. You can use the Clean Air Alliance letter template here
Stop fossil fuel advertising
Fossil fuel air pollution causes up to 34,000 premature deaths in Canada each year. Just like the tobacco industry, fossil fuel companies are still lying to us about the known dangers of their products. Stand with over half a million Canadian health professionals to stop fossil fuel advertising. You can use this Stop Fossil Fuel Ads’ letter to share your views.
Call on World Leaders to Pass a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
World leaders will be gathering in Egypt next month to discuss international climate policy at the COP27 conference. Stand.earth has prepared a petition urging governments to adopt a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, to be presented at the conference. You can sign the Stand.earth petition here
Support Parents for Future Global at COP27
This worldwide group is focusing efforts on putting the #KidsFirst message forward at COP27. Read more about how to take part in their social media campaign.
Stand up for Human Right sin Egypt during COP27
ClimateFast is deeply troubled by the fact that the COP 27 is being held in Egypt, an extremely repressive police state where the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly are harshly repressed and infractions are met with torture, incarceration and even death. In those circumstances, ClimateFast doesn’t feel that Canada can be part of the much needed International climate negotiations leading to a successful, inclusive and participatory climate summit without bearing witness to and demanding the end of state repression of civil society in Egypt. ClimateFast has called on Prime Minister Trudeau and Ministers Guilbeault and Joly to do everything in their power in the remaining days before the conference starts to demand the release of political prisoners and to demand freedom of movement for civil society. You can read more and sign the petition here.
Green Events and Webinars
Rosedale United Church Holly Berry Fair
Saturday, November 5th, 10 a.m - 3 p.m.
Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxburough Drive (at Glen Rd.)
After a two-year COVID imposed hiatus, Rosedale United Church is reviving the Holly Berry Fair, a decades-old tradition in the Rosedale-Moore Park neighbourhood, with a Eco theme, featuring green vendors, silent auction, used books, antiques, knitting and baked goods, a kid’s zone, Fran’s Cafe and much more.
Mobilization to support Gidim'ten Checkpoint
multiple events on Saturday, November 5:
RBC, 429 College St - noon
RBC, 382 Yonge St - 2 pm
RBC Headquarters at 200 Bay St - 7pm
This Saturday more than 30 Decolonial Solidarity groups across Canada, the US, and Europe are mobilizing to protest the Royal Bank of Canada’s funding of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, in response to an online call for allyship from the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who have been opposing the pipeline since it was proposed in 2012. Join Decolonial Solidarity Organizing team November 5th for Art and Action outside RBC Headquarters at 200 Bay St to demand they kill the drill! These will be some of many actions taking place across turtle island to demand that they put an end to the Coastal GasLink Pipeline drilling without consent through Wet’suwet’en territory and the Wedzinkwa river.
Sunday, November 6, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wychwood Barns, 76 Wychwood Avenue
Green Neighbour Network’s annual EcoFair showcases environmental non-profits and environmentally friendly businesses to celebrate their success and inspire everyone to join them in taking action. Get informed and inspired to make greener choices in your life, home, and community. Enjoy fun interactive activities for kids and adults alike, and good food. Stop by the Green 11 table to say hello! Subscribe for event details. Watch the EcoFair Toronto website for the latest details.
PARA Fall Clean-up Day
Sunday, November 6, 1-3pm
Help keep the Palmerston Area neighbourhood clean! Helpers will gather at Healey Willan Park to clean up the park and the surrounding areas. All ages welcome! Garbage bags will be provided. Please bring your own gloves. Rain or shine.
The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 6-18 November 2022. Visit https://unfccc.int/ for an overview of the Climate Change Conference schedule, topics of discussion, and read the live blog.
Understanding Bill 23, The ‘More Sprawl, Fewer Wetlands’ Act Webinar
Monday, November 7, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Ontario Bill 23 – which the government refers to as the “More Homes Built Faster Act “– is a complex policy and legislation package which changes zoning rules, wetland evaluation, conservation authority powers, regional planning power and more. Environmental Defence is hosting this panel discussion to review the destructive impacts of this bill and discuss how people who care about Ontario’s environment can fight back.
COP27 Global Day of Climate Justice
Saturday, November 12th, 1p.m.
Matt Cohen Park (SE Corner of Bloor and Spadina)
Worldwide, devastating floods, droughts, wildfires and increasingly intense storms show that the climate crisis is happening now. Yet 26 annual international climate meetings (COPs) have failed to halt the rising carbon emissions driving the crisis. This year, at COP27, meetings are taking place in Egypt amid new reports warning that time is running out. Climate activists from Egypt and other countries in Africa and the Arab World have called for a "COP27 Global Day of Climate Justice." Demands include calls to release 60,000 political prisoners in Egyptian jails. In solidarity here in Toronto, attendees will march to different key locations (Christia Freeland’s Office, CDEV - public owner of TMX, RBC and Queen’s Park), stopping at each for a short speech, some interaction and an action call-out. Come add your voice! Event organized by Toronto 350.org, Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy and Toronto Health Save.
Candles for COP27 - Vigil for Earth
Sunday, November 13, 2022 - 5:00 p.m.
Congregate at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts, 427 Bloor St West (at Spadina)
From November 6th – 18th of this year, world leaders will gather at the COP27 conference in Egypt to discuss their plans to address global heating. ClimateFast and For the Love of Creation are holding a candlelight vigil to reflect and share our concerns and hopes for real progress on climate action at COP27. The gathering will begin at Trinity St. Paul’s where you are invited to write postcards to deliver to Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Finance. At 5:30 p.m. folks will walk to Matt Cohen Park with candles and then leave to walk to Chrystia Freeland’s office at 344 Bloor St W at 6 p.m.
Impacts of Climate Change on Health and Equity in the GTA
Wednesday November 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Join Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) for this virtual event featuring a panel discussion on the connections between climate change, health, and equity in the Greater Toronto Area.
Toronto Regional Conservation Authority Events
TPL Our Fragile Planet Online Film / Lecture series
Green News & Resources
Ecojustice: New report shows why regulations are needed now to align Canada’s federally regulated financial flows with its climate goals
Globe & Mail: ‘We will need to find a new possible.’ Ken Dryden on the biggest question young Canadians face: Climate change
Green Budget Coalition: Recommendations for Budget 2023
Hamilton Spectator: Ford is gambling with our future: While gas plants burn cleaner than coal plants, they release substantial quantities of nitrogen oxides which can harm human health.
National Observer: Unified force of parents calling for real climate action
Focus on Bill 23
Narwhal: All the Ontario environmental protections Doug Ford wants to overhaul to build more houses
Environmental Defence: Ontario’s Housing Bill is Actually a Trojan Horse for Environmentally Catastrophic Rural Sprawl
Toronto Star: GTA Mayors Want Housing Bill Paused
Zero Waste Events, News and Resources
Let’s Chat LITTERacy: Research on Plastic Pollution
Tuesday, 15 November, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
25 Willcocks St
In this U of T Trash Team seminar, six speakers from the Rochman Lab and/or the U of T Trash Team: Madeleine Milne, Alice Zhu, Hannah De Frond, Gloria Gao, Zoë Ungku Fa'iz, and Jacob Haney will discuss their research related to the sources, transport, fate and effects of plastic pollution in our environment.
Plastic Pollution Coalition: Plastic Portrayal in Film & TV: The Begley-Cohen Test
Canadian Association Of Physicians For The Environment: The Lifecyle of Plastic: Cradle to Grave
Toronto waste reduction resources
For more zero waste related news and events across Toronto see Zero Waste Hub Toronto on Facebook and Twitter
Trees, Gardens, Urban Agriculture and Food Security
OCEC: NFU-Ontario urges Ontario government to help farmers mitigate the climate Crisis
Chatelaine: How The Coffee You Drink Could Help The Birds In Your Backyard
Guardian: Eat mushrooms, cut down on meat and use the microwave: the best diet for you and the planet
Food Print: What is a FoodPrint and Why Should I Care about Mine?
Evergreen Brickworks: Farmers Market moves indoors on November 19
Saturdays, 8 am to 1 pm
Toronto Food Resources
Active Transportation / Public Transit
BikeChain at UofT
Cycle Toronto - University-Rosedale
Matteo's Mobile Bike Repair - safe cyclng resources
Call for Donations and Volunteers
Become a Lead Nature Steward in 2023
Help Toronto Nature Stewards Restore Toronto’s Ravines and Natural Areas! As a Lead Steward, you will be able to lead your own site or co-Lead with another Lead Steward. Preference will be given to those who are current TNS stewards, or have relevant stewardship experience. To request to be a Lead Steward please use this form. More information can be found on this page Become a Lead Steward and here My Experience as a First Year Lead Steward. Join with a friend and it will be even more rewarding!
Grants and Opportunities
Youth Climate Action Grants
The Youth Climate Action Grants provides funding to support Toronto District School Board (TDSB) student-led projects, activities and events that directly or indirectly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Grants of up to $1,000 are available for each eligible project. The purpose of the grants is to:
This funding initiative is a partnership between TransformTO and TDSB. The deadline to apply is December 5, 2022
- help TDSB students take and/or advocate for climate action in their schools and communities
- educate students, families and/or community members about actions they can take to reduce GHG emissions
- help accelerate the reduction of community-wide GHG emissions in Toronto to net zero by 2040, in support of the City’s TransformTO Net Zero climate action strategy
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