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Dear Green Neighbours

Happy new year!  Although we are still locked down in Toronto, we can still find ways to make a difference on waste, biodiversity, and the climate crisis from home.  What are your #greenresolutions for 2021? (Hint: check out Random Acts of Green for some ideas!)
 

Green 11 is a volunteer driven community group. 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
Friday, January 22,  2-4  pm
Online

Please join us at our next meeting, Friday, January 22, 2-4  pm.  Contact Paul Overy at paul.greenward11@gmail.com to receive Zoom log in info and to suggest any items for the agenda.



Calls to Action

Support A National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism (Bill C-230)
On December 3, 2020, Lenore Zann, MP for Cumberland-Colchester in Nova Scotia, put the private members bill A National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism (Bill C-230) forward for second reading in the House of Commons. Environmental racism refers to the disproportionate proximity and greater exposure of Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities to polluting industries and other environmental hazards. These toxic burdens have been linked to high rates of cancer, reproductive diseases, respiratory illnesses, and other health problems in these communities. Read more here about the bill going to second reading.

The second hour of the second reading won’t take place until at least mid-March, after the MPs sit for 30 days. That leaves plenty of time for Canadians to email their MPs, the Prime Minister and anyone else who they want to convince to support the bill. The ENRICH Project, established in 2012 to address the health and socio-economic effects of environmental racism in Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities, has set up a special site with all relevant contact info and a template letter to do just that, available at enrichproject.org/billc-230.   



Support Bill C-232: The Climate Emergency Action Act
On December 4, 2020  Bill C-232 went for Second Reading and debate in the House.  A vote will follow sometime early in spring 2021. This is a major opportunity to push for a Just Transition in Canada that brings workers along while honouring human rights.  Bill C-232, The Climate Emergency Action Act, is a private member's bill introduced by Winnipeg Centre MP Leah Gazan that aims to recognize a safe, clean, and healthy environment as a human right. Bill C-232 requires that the climate emergency action framework be developed  in consultation with Indigenous peoples and civil society, with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) being the framework for its development. As an important step toward a made-in-Canada Green New Deal, Leah is asking all Canadians to sign this petition in support of the Climate Emergency Action Act.  Read more and sign the petition here


Support YongeTOmorrow Final Report on January 11th
On January 11th, the long-awaited final report on yongeTOmorrow will be discussed and voted on at the Infrastructure and Environment Committee before it goes to the full City Council. yongeTOmorrow is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform Yonge Street into a world-class, 21 century urban destination that supports critical public health objectives - for a world with COVID-19 and beyond. YongeTOmorrow proposes a full and flexible redesign of the street from College St. south to Queen St., where sidewalks will be expanded, vehicle lanes modified, restaurant patios extended and street furniture and streetscape elements added. Add your voice to the growing number of supporters to ensure we build the Yonge Street of Tomorrow, Today. Read more and  take action here


 Green Online Events and Webinars

Fridays for Future Weekly Climate Strikes
Fridays, 11 a.m. – noon
Live Streamed webinars with different speakers led by youth.
youtube.com/channel/UCJ1nFFdZbUo6cAr2jV3X0_g  



Research to Action: Science and Solutions for a Planet Under Pressure
Tuesday, January 5 to Saturday, January 9
The National Council for Science and the Environment and Project Drawdown will hold virtual conferences together this January. Given the staggering pace of change in the world today, NCSE and Project Drawdown believe that by combining the NCSE 2021 Annual Conference and the 2nd Global Drawdown — Research to Action Conference, they can amplify the opportunities for collaboration and progress exponentially.  
The NCSE Drawdown 2021 Conference will:
  • Accelerate the scientific and research work their organizations share in common;
  • Grow and weave together diverse communities of scientists, researchers, decision-makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry, and public sector leaders; and
  • Enhance a global movement founded on the use and application of science to address global complex environmental challenges during these unprecedented times.
Learn more about the full conference schedule here


“A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency” - a book study
Tuesdays, January 5 to February 2, 10:00  to 11:00 PM
Join the Sylvan United Church Outreach Team on Tuesday evenings from January 5th through February 2nd, 7 – 8:30 p.m., for a book study of Seth Klein’s book “A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency”.
Together and in small groups on Zoom you’ll explore: 1) What we can learn from Canada’s mobilization to join and help win the fight against fascism in the late 1930s and 1940s; 2) how we can apply this to mobilizing for the climate emergency today; and 3) what we, as individuals and together, are called to do to meet the challenge of the climate crisis here in Canada, in BC, and right here in our local community.
Join in reading and discussing this compelling, readable and very current analysis – so timely that it is flying off the shelves and already going into its second printing.
More info here To register email Connie Harris at 53conn@gmail.com




Climate Feedback Loops: The Dalai Lama in conversation with Greta Thunberg & leading scientists
Saturday, January 9, at 10:30 p.m.
Mind Life Institute hosts a free livestream with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, climate activist Greta Thunberg, and leading scientists to explore steps for addressing this urgent set of challenges. Moderated by Diana Chapman Walsh, the discussion will be grounded in a new series of educational films, “Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops,” narrated by Richard Gere.

The Dalai Lama speaks to the urgent need for climate action in his new book, Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World, in which he praises Greta Thunberg and other young climate activists for their determination to bring about positive change.The livestream event will highlight recent scientific findings, the ethical imperative of taking action, and what we can do collectively to slow, halt, and even reverse the devastating impact of climate feedback loops. More info here



Protecting Ontario’s Environmental Future:
What’s next after the gutting of the Conservation Authorities?

Tuesday, January 12, 7 p.m.
On Dec 8, 2020, the Ontario Government passed a new law which significantly weakened Conservation Authorities, allowing the Province to turn its back on science-based planning. This means that new developments that could cause floods or landslides and destroy protected and ecologically sensitive lands can be ordered to go ahead. At the same time, the government has been making unprecedented use of Minister’s Zoning Orders to force through planning decisions without debate or input from municipalities or the public. These attacks join the government’s push to build a new 400 series highway through the Greenbelt, attacks on endangered species and their habitats as well as on climate action.

Together, people have begun to make sure the consequences of the government’s intentions are well known and that communities are prepared to stand up for their futures.  Join Tim Gray from Environmental Defence, former Greenbelt Council chair David Crombie, Anastasia Lintner from Canadian Environmental Law Association, and Anne Bell from Ontario Nature for a live conversation about protecting our future. There will be discussion on what the attacks on environmental rules mean for our province, what we can expect next for our communities, and what you can do to stand up for the water, farmland and natural places we all rely on for our future. Register here



Green Drinks January - Climate Leaders
Thursday, January 14, 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Join January Virtual Green Drinks, the first of 2021, featuring three incredible women who are Climate Leaders in their community:
  • Joanna Kyriazis, Policty Solutions, Clean Energy Canada
  • Emilie Grenier, Climate Change Campaign Organizer, Ecology Ottawa
  • Lauren Latour, Climate Ambition Coordinator, Climate Action Network
Each of them are working hard to effect change across the country. As we slowly come out of the global pandemic that has gripped us for the last year, we now must turn our attention towards the looming climate crisis. We increasingly see action on the local level, from strong individuals who are standing up to be counted. Our three speakers are working at the ground level, affecting change on the climate file. We will hear about the organizations they are working for, what they are doing, and how you can get involved to make a difference. Register here


Massey is Missing COP26 January Climate events
Massey College’s year of climate action leading up to COP26, the global climate negotiations on implementing the pivotal Paris Agreement, continues:

A Fireside Chat with Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault
Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Minister Guilbeault will discuss the new federal Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act (Bill C-12), and reflect on his journey from noted climate activist to Minister of the Crown. Please click here to register.  

En-ROADS Climate Change Solutions Simulator Game: Why Are Negotiations So Hard?
Thursday, January 28, 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Thirty-six lucky people will get a realistic taste of international climate negotiations by participating in a dramatic climate negotiation role-playing game, led by Climate Ambassador Laura Lindberg. Because spots are limited, note that priority will be given to members of the Massey College community up until January 14th. After that time, spots will be available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a spot on one of the negotiation teams, please register here.  



Online Advocacy Training for Climate Action
Monday, January 18, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Join ClimateFast in this informative webinar to learn how to advocate for a budget at Toronto City Council that will support decisive climate action. The City of Toronto’s 2021 budget will be released on Jan. 14th, with deputations taking place on Jan. 25th and 26th. You can speak in person or submit a letter. Learn how to give a deputation to Council, how to meet with your City Councillor, and how to write a letter to the editor.
Presenters:
  • Michael Polanyi, Climate Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance
  • Mike Layton, City Councillor for Ward 11, University-Rosedale.
  • Cheryl McNamara, Media Relations Coordinator, Kairos Canada
Find out more and register for this event here
Information on the city budget process and how to make a deputation can be found here 



KBE Teaching and Sharing Circles - Winter 2021 Series
Starting January 19th - April 24th, various dates and times
Led by Indigenous Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers with extensive KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) experience, these (90-minute) interactive Zoom-based sessions aim to build positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through truth, sharing, and open dialogue.

Each KBE Teaching & Sharing Circle addresses historical and contemporary topics in an honest and personal way by blending data and facts with personal stories.  Topics offered in the Winter 2021 public sessions ($25 registration fee per session) include:  the Impact of Residential Schools, We Are All Treaty People, the Doctrine of Discovery, Métis Teachings, Shannen’s Dream & Jordan’s Principle, Social Injustice in the Court System, the 60s Scoop, Child Welfare & Practice Standards, Missing and Murdered Indigenous People, and the power of Growing Healing Gardens.  Each topic can also be booked as a private group session by contacting cumana@kairoscanada.org.

Join a KBE Teaching & Sharing Circle and experience a deep and meaningful way to learn about truth and reconciliation. Register here. Check full schedule here



Volunteer Toronto: How to Volunteer During COVID-19
Thursday, January 21, 6.30 - 7.30 p.m.
Discover how to volunteer safely during the pandemic, how to find volunteer roles, and even how to volunteer virtually from home.Come see what roles are most in demand right now.This session is great for youth, newcomers and seniors - anyone who wants to make a positive impact on our city.RSVP at this link for this FREE event

 

Pathways to Zero Webinar Series
Thursdays, January 21- March 18, 1 p.m.
Starting January 21, Climate Action Network’s Pathways to Zero  series will stretch over nine weeks, and will feature 10 webinars. Each week, as part of a themed conversation, hear from the experts, leaders, movers and shakers who work every day to put us on the path towards decarbonization. Week by week, learn together about the initiatives and journeys communities are already embarking upon to ensure we reach zero emissions, while prioritizing wellbeing and dignity for all. Register for Place Based Ambition (January 21) here More info and full schedule here



Our Climate Café
Monday, January 25, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Community Climate Council
Our Climate Café is a cyberspace convening the last Monday of each month at 6 p.m. on ZOOM.
At Our Climate Café, attendees can anticipate a 90-minute conversation on the adverse effects of the climate crisis on one's psyche, as well as hope and how to live well while navigating the current climate crisis.
Attendees are pleased to find other attendees tell a tale or two, profess postulations, communicate concerns, crack jokes, and advise one another—similar to a circle of friends at a café or coffee shop. Register here



Science for Peace, Overcoming the Climate Crisis Webinar Series
Most of us realize that we are in the midst of a climate crisis. What we want to know is what, realistically, can we do over the next decade to forestall the catastrophe. These three webinars, in combination, suggest where we need to go, and how we might get there. Getting there will require organization and united action on the part of civil society organizations. Register here More info here
 
Webinar 1 What Needs To Be Done to Avert Climate Catastrophe
Tuesday, January 26, 7-8 p.m.

Speaker : Prof Danny Harvey, Climate Scientist, U of T
Commentators: Allie Rougeot (Toronto Fridays for Future)
                         Sara Beiruti (SfP Student Campus Group President)
Moderator: Richard Sandbrook



Growing the Future - Online Cooking Classes for Kids
Growing the Future is a weekly cooking class for kids by Greenest City. These classes strive to not only teach about food, nutrition and cooking techniques, but also larger conversations about where our food comes from, how different cooking methods work and why we do certain things while cooking. We want to teach usable skills while trying to instill a sense of curiosity about food that will extend beyond the class. If you would like to know more about the classes or sign up for one of the four sessions, CLICK HERE! Programs run:
  • January 5th, 2021 - January 26th, 2021
  • February 9th, 2021 - March 2nd, 2021
  • March 9th, 2021 - March 30, 2021


Green News and Resources

Community Hubs and Spaces for COVID-19: Response, Recovery and Rebuilding
Many community hubs and centres have adapted and transformed their buildings and grounds to provide crucial emergency support during the COVID-19 pandemic, from providing space to organize emergency responses, growing produce for food distribution, or creating more accessible green space for the community. Read the latest blog post in the Toronto Environmental Alliance series on the role of community hubs in emergency response and building sustainable, equitable and resilient neighbourhoods. https://www.torontoenvironment.org/community_hubs_and_spaces

 

How to save the world in 6 books: top climate leaders share their 2020 reads
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whatonearth/how-to-save-the-world-in-6-books-top-climate-leaders-share-their-2020-reads-1.5849947  


Yard Restoration for Wildlife: 10 Do’s and Don’ts                
New to the idea of making your yard a sanctuary for wildlife? Read these basic do's and don'ts on how to start. Save time and money, while improving your own well-being!



2022 Waste calendar cut from the City’s waste education budget
People may want to save their City of TO 2021 waste calendars that are in the mail currently (if you haven't received it already, as the 2022 waste calendars were cancelled in a decision at the Dec 16th City Council meeting. Toronto Environmental Alliance unsuccessfully pushed for this important and highly-used educational resource to be kept. Nevertheless, while the calendar was cut, they were successful in convincing Council to keep a basic printed guide. More info on city collection here


Congratulations to CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather), the recipient of the 2020 Greener City for All Award
https://www.torontoenvironment.org/the_2020_greener_city_for_all_award_crew


Microplastics revealed in the placentas of unborn babies
The health impact is unknown, but scientists say particles may cause long-term damage to fetuses. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/22/microplastics-revealed-in-placentas-unborn-babies


Amazon’s colossal plastics problem
The online retail giant accounts for about 48 per cent of Canada's e-commerce market – and some 21 million kilograms of plastic waste. https://nowtoronto.com/news/amazons-colossal-plastics-problem


The City of Toronto Reopens its Green Bond
The City of Toronto is reopening its Green Bond, originally issued in 2019, for an additional offering of $130 million to help finance capital projects that mitigate the effects of climate change. The $130 million issue, which is a reopening of a 20-year maturity with a coupon interest rate of 2.6 per cent, will mature on September 24, 2039. More information about the City’s Green Debenture Program is available by clicking here.


City of Toronto Receives “A List” Score on GHG Accounting and Action Reporting
As a Global Covenant of Mayors signatory, Toronto has been disclosing its GHG emissions inventory and its climate mitigation and adaptation actions annually to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in order to share Toronto’s progress and benchmark against other cities facing similar challenges. For the third year in a row, the City of Toronto is recognized on the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Cities "A" List for its leadership and transparency on climate action. In 2020, Toronto is one of 88 cities globally to receive an “A” rating.


What can we learn from Toronto’s battery-powered buses - the biggest battery-powered electric bus fleet in North America?
Electrification of transit will require time to overcome challenges.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/electric-buses-transit-1.5823166



Why B.C. ranks first in energy efficiency
The province’s innovative building code and commitment to electric vehicles earned it points, while Site C dam and lack of Indigenous programs cost it. https://thenarwhal.ca/bc-energy-efficiency-report-2020/


How green bonds are going from “niche” to “mainstream”
Pressure from young climate activists is pushing investors to embrace so-called sustainable bonds, experts say. https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/12/14/green-bonds-finance-canada


Watch Your Head: Writers and Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis
In Watch Your Head, poems, stories, essays, and artwork sound the alarm on the present and future consequences of the climate emergency. Ice caps are melting, wildfires are raging, and species extinction is accelerating. Writers and artists confront colonization, racism, and the social inequalities that are endemic to the climate crisis. Here the imagination amplifies and humanizes the science. These works are impassioned, desperate, hopeful, healing, transformative, and radical. This is a call to climate-justice action.
Proceeds will be donated to RAVEN and Climate Justice Toronto.



What will you do to support biodiversity in 2021?
Did you know that many wildlife species overwinter right here? LEAF’s Autumn & Winter Backyard Biodiversity fact sheet is full of tips on what you can do to help urban wildlife this winter season.  In partnership with Toronto Wildlife Centre


Solar is now ‘cheapest electricity in history’, confirms IEA
The world’s best solar power schemes now offer the “cheapest…electricity in history” with the technology cheaper than coal and gas in most major countries, according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2020. The 464-page outlook, published today by the IEA, also outlines the “extraordinarily turbulent” impact of the coronavirus and the “highly uncertain” future of global energy use over the next two decades.The IEA’s annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) arrives every autumn and contains some of the most detailed and heavily scrutinised analysis of the global energy system. https://www.carbonbrief.org/solar-is-now-cheapest-electricity-in-history-confirms-iea


The curse of 'white oil': electric vehicles' dirty secret
The race is on to find a steady source of lithium, a key component in rechargeable electric car batteries. But while the EU focuses on emissions, the lithium gold rush threatens environmental damage on an industrial scale. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/dec/08/the-curse-of-white-oil-electric-vehicles-dirty-secret-lithium


Zero Waste News and Events

Home Waste Audit 2021
With the new year, there is an opportunity for setting new personal goals and of course – New Year’s Resolutions! This year, rather than vowing to exercise more, save money, or maintain a healthier diet, why not try reducing your household waste and increasing your waste literacy? This New Year’s, the U of T Trash Team wants to help you make positive changes to your waste habits. How? Through its Home Waste Audit!

What can you expect? The Home Waste Audit will run over the course of four weeks, from Wednesday January 13 – Tuesday February 9, with an introductory webinar on Tuesday January 12 (and results Tuesday February 23). Throughout, the team will be there providing all the tools you need to learn more about your local recycling guidelines, ways to reduce your landfill waste, and of course, ways to reduce your plastic waste.
Register here



Just Eat It Toronto! Food Waste Challenge
Explore the opportunities we all have to engage in behaviour change for sustainability. Over six weeks, we offer a practical challenge for participants to achieve a measurable reduction in their household food waste by:
  • Helping participants acquire new skills, tools and knowledge to go further, step by step
  • Building community among participants for mutual encouragement and support
  • Creating the foundations for more sustainable habits around food and food waste
The challenge will run from January 18 – February 28, providing information, tips and resources so all participants can engage in being part of one of Drawdown’s top solutions – #3 Reduced Food Waste.  Register here


Reduce Food Waste, Fight Climate Change, and Strengthen Canada’s Food Systems
In Canada and around the world, food waste continues to increase. This results in an overuse of our natural resources such as water, soil and land, and contributes excess greenhouse gas emissions to our atmosphere. Meanwhile, a growing number of Canadians are facing food insecurity. In response, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is launching the $20M Food Waste Reduction Challenge. The most promising solutions will be selected by an external committee of subject-matter experts. Innovators will receive grant funding as well as other benefits to help them succeed.  The Food Waste Reduction Challenge is currently accepting applications for Streams A and B. The deadline to apply is January 18.  Info and application here


Zero Waste High-Rise Project: Information Sessions
January 12 and 14
Join an upcoming information season to learn more about the Zero Waste High-Rise Project and how you can take action in your building.During this 45-minute information session, you will:
  • Hear inspiring success stories of high-rise buildings that reduced waste by participating in our project.
  • Learn how to use the tools and resources on our online pathway that allows anyone to take action.
  • Find out how you can qualify for micro-grants of up to $500 and recognition from TEA for actions taken by February 28th.
There will also be time for questions at the end of the session. RSVP here


How to stop food waste: a comprehensive guide
https://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/story/28013/how-to-stop-wasting-food-in-2020-a-comprehensive-guide/


Canada is not equipped to recycle even a fifth of its current plastic waste
The current federal Approach is not equipped to get us to Zero Plastic Waste by 2030. Read the Greenpeace report  http://act.gp/3r5gkBl


Canadian firms sign global pledge to make plastic packaging more recyclable
Canadian companies including Loblaws, Metro, Save-On-Foods and Maple Leaf Foods, have signed a global pledge alongside some of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers, promising to redesign plastic packaging to make it more recyclable.The companies are pledging by 2025 to improve the design of plastic packaging for everyday products such as shampoo, household cleaners and soda bottles. Among their priorities are to use transparent polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is easier to recycle than opaque coloured packaging. The group also wants to strip out elements that make packages difficult or impossible to recycle, such as certain adhesives, black plastic, and materials that degrade into microplastics.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-canadian-firms-sign-global-pledge-to-make-plastic-packaging-more/



Ban single-use plastic? Right problem, wrong solution
Instead of banning single-use plastic products, we should find ways to eliminate the need for all single-use materials through better product design. At the same time, we should invest in infrastructure to improve collection and recycling of single-use materials that cannot be designed out of circulation, suggests Dominic Di Mondo. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-ban-single-use-plastic-right-problem-wrong-solution/


More Zero Waste Events
For more zero waste related news and events taking place across Toronto check out Zero Waste Hub Toronto on Facebook and Twitter!

                      
Urban Agriculture Events, News and Resources

UrbanHensTO Pilot Extended
Council has voted to extend the backyard hen pilot for another year. While unable to expand the program to include Ward 11, extending the pilot by one year to March 2022 will allow staff to continue to assess the program, undertake additional research, and focus resources on urgent COVID-19-related matters. Extending the program by one year will also provide clarity to registered households currently participating in the program. Details on participating here. Participating Wards are currently 5 (Etobicoke-Lakeshore),13 (Parkdale-High Park), 21 (St. Paul’s), and 32 (Beaches-East York).


Learn about North American Native Apple Trees
Most apple trees that we grow in our gardens and orchards are not native to North America. DNA tells us that these trees originated in the mountains of Kazakhstan in Central Asia where wild apple trees have lived and thrived for thousands of years. But today there is a growing interest in planting native plants. Is there a native North American apple tree that we might want to plant in our communities? Find out in the latest episode of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast. Paul Kron, Research Associate at the Plant Population and Evolution Research Lab at the University of Guelph talks about native apple trees that grow in Ontario (Malus coronaria) and explain how they are different from domesticated or feral apple trees.


Food Has Always Been Political
What does racism have to do with the way we eat? In the fourth episode of What Do We Do Tomorrow?, host Hannah Sung speaks with Paul Taylor, executive director of FoodShare, about the ways in which food insecurity is tied to structural racism, finances, housing, and more. They discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security in Canada, and unpack the Dismantling White Supremacy Food Box to see what’s inside.


Do you Veganuary?
Veganuary is a UK not-for-profit that promotes veganism for the month of January. Random Acts of Green Business Member The Very Good Butchers is challenging you to try out Veganuary this month. Read more tips here


Food Resources
Toronto Urban Growers
Foodshare
Grow Food Toronto
Get GrowingToronto
City resources: Food banks, meal programs, meal delivery, and more



Active Transportation News and Resources

Bike lanes approved for Yonge Street in rebuild of North York Centre
After a decade of transportation debates at city hall characterized as a “war on cars,” this past December council approved redesigning a section of Yonge Street in North York Centre to improve and expand pedestrian space, including dedicated bicycle lanes.


Winter Cycling tips from Cycle Toronto and Bike Share
https://www.cycleto.ca/winter-riding-tips
https://bikesharetoronto.com/news/5-tips-to-keep-you-riding-this-winter/



City to Study Expansion of Bike Share program
In December, the city passed Ward 11 Councillor Mike Layton’s motion to instruct the Toronto Parking Authority to do an expansion study for Bike Share Toronto.TEA advocated for the expansion to support more low-carbon transportation - read their submission here urging the city to complete a feasibility study on expanding BikeShare in 2021 and to out forward a plan that aligns with Toronto's climate targets.


Two-way street / How Barcelona is democratising public space
Citizens are finally getting the urban patios and parks promised when the cramped medieval city was extended in the 1900s. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/23/two-way-street-how-barcelona-is-democratising-public-space


Bike lanes won't kill you — and they'll save others
Why is this simple equation so distasteful to some? Learn how to talk to your car-loving friends and family! https://driving.ca/column/lorraine/lorraine-explains-bike-lanes-wont-kill-you-and-theyll-save-others


Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America
The tragedy of traffic violence has barely registered with the media and wider culture. Disproportionately the victims are immigrants, the poor, and people of color. They have largely been blamed and forgotten.

In her new book Right of Way, journalist Angie Schmitt shows us that these deaths are not unavoidable “accidents.” They don’t happen because of jaywalking or distracted walking. They are predictable, occurring in stark geographic patterns that tell a story about systemic inequality. These deaths are the forgotten faces of an increasingly urgent public-health crisis that we have the tools, but not the will, to solve. Right of Way unveils a crisis that is rooted in both inequality and the undeterred reign of the automobile in our cities. It challenges us to imagine and demand safer and more equitable cities, where no one is expendable.



Call for Donations and Volunteers

Help reconnect folks with healthcare
Healthcare Providers Against Poverty is a group of healthcare workers who strive to make healthcare provision equitable for all. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, our members have noticed a worrying but predictable trend: those without phones are struggling to get healthcare. HPAP is proud to share its first ever fundraiser, Connections for Encampments. The goal of this fundraiser is simple: provide telecommunication technology to people living in encampments so they can access healthcare. HPAP worked with the community advocates at the Encampment Support Network (ESN) to get an understanding of what supplies are needed and access a channel for distribution of supplies.

The goal with this fundraiser is to raise a minimum of $4000 to provide rechargeable batteries, charging cables, and phone cards to people living in encampments. They are simultaneously contacting phone companies for donations of unlocked phones for those who are in need. Donate here



Help Fashion Takes Action reach 100,000 Youth
Since 2014, Fashion Takes Action has delivered in-class workshops to more than 20,000 students in grades 4-12 through our My Clothes My World (MCMW) education program which strives to foster socially and environmentally responsible citizens who will think critically and act consciously.

When COVID-19 shut down our schools, they quickly pivoted, using whatever resources they had at home to build digital resources that would allow them to continue to inspire and engage students. These resources were not intended to be a long-term solution but. .. with change comes opportunity! Their goal is to develop aspects of the current workshop series into a multi-part e-learning program, with accompanying activities and resources, that will allow the MCMW program to reach many  students and community groups, including those in remote and under-resourced communities, across Canada and around the world, expanding our reach exponentially.

The overall goal is to raise $100,000 to reach 100,000 students - that's $1 per student! Donate here:



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