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Dear Green Neighbours


February is Black History Month.  Here are some resources you may find useful to explore various aspects of Black history in Canada and specifically Toronto. We are also listing organizations you can support, links to articles that investigate environmental racism, and how to advocate for a socially conscious city budget.

Action:
Social Planning Toronto: Advocacy for a better budget

Programs / Resources:
Toronto Public Library - events  plus books & resources
TVO Learn: "When Bathurst was Blackurst"
Ontario Black History Society
Myseum: "Brought in Bondage: Downtown Walking Tour"

Blogs /articles:
"Black Outdoors: Sharing the joys of outdoors while Black"
Intersectional Environmentalist Media + Resource Hub
Medium: 'Safe' vs 'Brave' vs 'Accountable' spaces-

Organizations that Support Black people in Toronto and Canada
A Different Booklist - recommended book lists
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (ADBCC) capital fundraising campaign for their move into Mirvish Village in Autumn 2022
Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC)
NOW: Black organizations and fundraisers you can support in Toronto
Yohomo: Resources to support Toronto's Black community right now
Stepstones: Black Community Organizations & Businesses
SupportBlackCharities.org
Hands On Canada: Organizations In Canada That Uplift And Support The BIPOC Community
SURJ Toronto


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
Friday, February 25, 4-6 p.m.
Please join us at our next meeting, Friday, February 25, 4-6 p.m.  Chris Fraser from East Toronto Railpath will be our guest speaker.  Contact Paul Overy at paul.greenward11@gmail.com to receive log in info for the meeting and to suggest any items for the agenda.


Green Profile

Bikechain is a bicycle repair co-op operated by students at the University of Toronto’s downtown campus, whose mission is to support cycling as a way to preserve people’s health and the environment.  They offer tools for DIY repairs (with coaching if needed), cycling education, drop off repairs, used bike sales, affordable bike parts, bike and lock lending, and online workshops. They serve mostly the U of T student community but are open to the wider public.

Their plans for 2022 include more outreach and education, expanding infrastructure, surveying the needs of the cycling community, and improving and expanding their lending fleet.  This busy operation is run by two staff members, plus volunteers for the DIY shop and a volunteer board.

Want to help? They need more volunteers to get involved to support their advocacy, equity and anti-oppression efforts, and BIPOC hours.  

They are located at 230 College St. (entrance on Huron St); phone: 476-978-6849.


Calls to Action

Defund the Police Zap!
Tuesday, February 15, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join SURJ-TO for one-hour group phone/email action to ask Toronto City Council to defund the police when they vote on the City budget on February 17th.
 

Have your say on Toronto’s Single Use and Takeaway Items (SUTI) Reduction Strategy
You can register for one of City of Toronto’s public consultation events taking place Complete the survey by Friday March 4

Tip: the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) has shared some insights people may wish to mention when completing the survey.
 

Support Toronto’s Multi-Unit Residential Acquisition Program (MURA)
The City of Toronto’s MURA Program provides dedicated funding to non-profit and Indigenous housing organizations, including community land trusts, to facilitate the purchase and conversion of at-risk private market rental housing to permanently affordable rental homes. It allows the City to purchase properties to be operated by the non-profit and Indigenous housing sector. MURA also helps to improve the condition of affordable housing acquired. But right now MURA is underfunded. We need the Mayor and City Councillors to be bolder and provide MURA with more support so it can save more homes fast. They’re voting on February 17 as part of the City’s 2022 Budget. You can use Progress Toronto’s petition tool to send a message to your City Councillor and the Mayor to tell them to invest more in MURA and affordable housing.

Support Accessible TTC Fares
The TTC is creating a 5-Year Fare Policy this year and needs more funding to implement changes like fare capping and expansion of free transit to people receiving social assistance. City Council votes February 17 on the budget. But there is no funding to expand the promised transit discount for low-wage workers (also known as Fair Pass) or to fund ideas proposed in the TTC's Fare Plan, like "fare capping." Without more funding, the TTC can't implement the bold changes Toronto needs to make transit more accessible. You can add your name to the TTC Riders petition for fare capping, lower fares, and more service in Toronto's 2022 City Budget.

Tell City Council to fund its new Net Zero Strategy
Toronto City Council is voting Thursday, February 17 on the 2022 City Budget. While City Council passed a new net zero climate strategy in December, the proposed 2022 City Budget doesn’t ramp up investments at the scale that is needed to achieve our new climate targets. Now is the time for City Council to:
  • Increase funding in this year’s Budget for programs that help reduce emissions and improve social equity - including improving public transit and greening housing.
  • Make changes to the City Budget process to increase transparency and allow for more meaningful public engagement.
  • Take immediate steps towards new and sustained sources of funding for climate action so that Toronto can ramp up at the scale that is outlined in the Net Zero Strategy.
You can take action by sending this TEA letter to Council.

Transform the Scarborough RT
The Scarborough RT closes in 2023, but a subway replacement won't be open until 2029 at the earliest. Your elected representatives must act now to prevent the worst-case scenario: 7+ years of shuttle buses in traffic.  Politicians must seize this opportunity to protect the RT right-of-way, a Scarborough landmark, and transform it into a rapid busway with green space for walking, cycling, and more! You can use this TTC Riders letter to call on your local Councillor, MPP, and MP to create a unique Scarborough space that will be used for decades to come.

Tell Canada’s Big 5 Banks to stop funding pipelines
The RCMP’s force is being used against land defenders standing against the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline project, which severely violates Indigenous rights, poses a major risk to the ecosystems including local food sources, and increases fossil fuel production when we need to be cutting it. If built, the pipeline would carry fracked gas from northeast BC to a not-yet-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the coast - the largest LNG project ever proposed in Canada. Canada’s Big 5 banks are bankrolling the construction of this pipeline with loans totalling $1.575 billion. Send an email to the CEOs of the Big 5 banks to tell them that you do not support fossil fuel colonialism and neither should they. You can sign the Greenpeace letter here.

Call for an end to public financing for fossil fuels in the Federal Budget 2022!
Oil, gas and coal are fuelling climate change with devastating impacts on nature and communities. In the recent election, the federal government pledged to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2023. You can send a message to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and your MP calling for an end to public financing for fossil fuels in Budget 2022.                                                  

#Efficiency4All - Call for low-income energy efficiency funding
No Canadian household should have to choose between eating, heating, and other essentials. Yet this is an everyday reality for the more than 2.8 million Canadian households that spend a disproportionate amount on their home energy costs. There is an urgent need for the Federal Government to take a leadership position in expanding the scale and scope of low-income energy efficiency funding. You can sign the Efficiency Canada letter and write to your MP here.
    

Call for a Global Plastics Treaty
From beaches in Southeast Asia to the remote Antarctic, plastic pollution is everywhere. It starts polluting the moment it's created, impacting our oceans, climate and the health of our communities.  Scientists have even found microplastics in the air we breathe and the food we eat. A global treaty is a solution that matches the scale of the problem. You can use this Greenpeace petition to call on governments and world leaders to start negotiating a strong plastics treaty that addresses the whole life cycle of plastic - from the moment oil is extracted to the moment plastic is discarded.

Ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2) taking place February 28 - March 2, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya, nearly 1,000 organizations have signed on to a call for the United Nations to negotiate a new legally binding global instrument that covers plastic pollution across its entire life cycle—from extraction to disposal. These organizations represent civil society, indigenous peoples, workers and trade unions, and other organizations, as well as scientists from around the world. You can also sign on to this Plastic Pollution Coalition petition and encourage world leaders to support a bold & binding global plastics treaty. Read more here.
 

Share your opinion on Canada’s draft plastic restrictions
52 groups are calling on the Canadian government to do more, and faster, to act on plastics: they’ve given Steven Guilbeault, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, a to-do list. You can share your comments on the federal government’s draft restrictions on unnecessary single use plastics until March 5


 Green Online Events and Webinars

ENV1001 Seminar: Communicating Climate Change
Wednesday, February 16 | 12 pm - 2 pm
This talk from U of T’s School of the Environment will address what works and what doesn’t in communicating about climate change with various audiences, and will discuss issues of language, framing, and storytelling, and the influence of ideology, values, and disinformation on social discourse.


Provincial Kitchen Table Climate Conversation Training
Raising awareness of climate impacts and the actions and solutions that can move us closer to a healthy future are among the big things we can do! Together, we can hold those elected to office on June 2nd accountable for the just, green province we want to see. If you would like to help raise awareness, ClimateFast is holding two sessions to help people feel more comfortable talking about climate justice.

Talking Climate in Ontario - February 16, 7-8:30 pm
Whether you’d like to feel more confident talking to someone you bump into at the supermarket or are ready to hold a more structured conversation, this training is designed to help you feel more confident, informed, and empowered.

Ready to Talk Climate in Ontario? March 2, 7-8:30 pm
Hosting the conversation: “Who and Where?” & Facilitating the conversation: “What and How?” with facilitated working breakouts.


The Embodied Social Justice Summit
Wednesday, February 16 -  Sunday, February 20
Dedicated to exploring the intersection of oppression and embodiment; how social and political structures are embedded within bodies; and how through engaging the body we can respond to the social justice issues of our time, and begin the work of dismantling oppressive systems in our reach towards personal and communal liberation.


Allyship Webinar Series - Environmental Racism
Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
This webinar will explore the concept of environmental racism through the examination of specific incidents in Canadian history that relate to three broad categories of environmental racism. The historical categories are: urban planning in minority communities, radicalization of communities and the expressions of “multiculturalism” in Canada's urban centres and corresponding inequities of services, and conflict over land claims, treaty rights and sovereignty issues concerning First Nations.


Fighting for the Future: Youth Organizing for Climate Justice
Thursdays, February 17 and 24, 2022 | 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Preventing Extinctions: A Special Conversations event
Thursday, February 17, 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Island Conservation works to prevent extinctions on islands. They remove invasive species from fragile ecosystems to protect native biodiversity. This exhibit is a celebration of their success. It invites you to imagine Island Conservation’s work as a part of a global effort where people contribute to the health of the world’s environment.


Progress Toronto 2022 Winter Training Series
#5 City Council Online Watch Party & Discussion - Budget Edition
Thursday, February 17 - 9:30 AM ET


Toronto Public Library Free Online Events
Our Fragile Planet
  • The Water is Troubled - Blackness in the Environmental Movement - February 23
  • Habiba Cooper Diallo: #BlackInSchool - February 25

TRCA @ Home with Nature
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) At Home With Nature e-Learning videos are designed to help families, as well as teachers and their classes, deepen their knowledge of nature, ecology, the environment and their place in it. Coming up this month:
  • Winter Road Salt - February 23  

Let’s talk! Schoolyard Climate Conversations
Tuesday, Feb. 22,  7:30pm - 9:00pm,
Join facilitators from For Our Kids Toronto for a Schoolyard Climate Conversation! Schoolyard Climate Conversations (SCCs) aim to engage parents, guardians, teachers and staff in school communities across Toronto in judgement-free conversations about climate change and its solutions. With a focus on community climate action, SCCs have been developed to support the goals and initiatives of TransformTO – the City of Toronto’s climate action plan – and the Toronto District School Board’s brand new Youth Climate Action Guide, which supports student-led climate justice initiatives.


Working Towards an Abolitionist Future
Thursday, February 24, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join Showing Up for Racial Justice Toronto (SURJ Toronto) and community advocates on February 24th from 6:30- 8:30 pm to learn more about the movement to defund the police. Hear from El Jones, Desmond Cole, Butterfly Sabrina GoPaul, Salem Aaron and Sam Tecle from Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) about working towards an abolitionist future.


YUFA Climate Emergency Committee March Climate Talk
Friday, March 4th, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Featuring Muna-Udbi Abdulkadir Ali, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change. Part of the York Climate Talks speaker series.  York University Faculty Association (YUFA) addresses climate issues and advances climate actions and activities at York University.


Learn to design and build your own tiny home
A Tiny House Workshops offer something for everyone, from the complete novice to the skilled craftsperson. Wave goodbye to crippling house payments, property taxes, and high utility bills. And say hello to a house that’s a perfect reflection of you, your values, your needs, and your lifestyle.


 Green News & Resources
Climate and the 2022 City Budget
The TEA team has done a detailed analysis of the proposed City Budget and shared its recommendations with the Budget Committee. These recommendations include accelerated funding in this year’s Budget in areas that reduce emissions and improve social equity, changes to the Budget process that create meaningful community engagement and increase accountability, and actions to secure more sustained funding for climate action.

February is Feed the Birds Month. 🐦
February is one of the coldest months in the northern hemisphere. During this time, birds need a lot more food just to maintain their body temperature. That’s what Feed the Birds Month is all about! Read these Keeping Birds Safe at Your Feeder tips from Nature Canada. Also: Did you know that Toronto is an official Bird Friendly City?


Ecobuddies Climate Action Champion Program
Ecobuddies is a new program for folks in Ward 11, University-Rosedale, that aims to inspire and advance meaningful mentorship relationships between those who are interested in sustainability and those who are involved in and knowledgeable about sustainability. Interested in becoming a mentee or mentor? Want to find out more? Contact greenward11@gmail.com for more information.

RAOG: 6 Eco-Friendly Date Ideas

RAOG: Make An Ice Lantern

A Conversation with Mr. Sustainability


Zero Waste Events, News and Resources

Webinar: Washing machine filters drastically reduce microfibre/plastic emissions into our water. Few are using them. You can change that.
Thursday February 24 | 7:00 p.m.
Organized by Georgian Bay Forever.  Learn about their research with the U of T Trash Team that helped inform Ontario Private Members Bill 279 to mandate microfibre filters on clothes washing machines.


How to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics: Lessons from Toronto and Berkeley” webinar recording* available
Check out this excellent, exciting, inspiring January 27 U.S.-Canadian joint event by Zero Waste Ithaca and Zero Waste Warren County with special guests Martin Bourque of the Ecology Center (Berkeley, California), Zero Waste Chef Ann Marie Bonneau and Toronto’s own Tina Soldovieri of Roncy Reduces! *When watching the webinar introductions, if you find any audio parts difficult to make out, you may wish to fast forward to the 14 minute mark.

Toronto Stainless Steel Reusable Takeout Container initiatives are in the news
Inwit in NOW Toronto; Suppli in The Toronto Star; and Muuse Canada by Dream Zero at Treehugger!

More zero waste related news and events across Toronto                 
Urban Agriculture Events, News and Resources

BCCF Forest Gardening Series
Are you dreaming about turning a patch of land into a vital ecosystem that provides you with food and beauty? Then you'll love partaking in this interactive three-part series from theory, design to getting some hands-on experience. This series is facilitated by The Living Centre and brought to you by Black Creek Community Farm.
February 16, 7 - 8:30 pm - Permaculture: The Forested Garden - Online (Zoom)
March 16, 7 - 8:30 pm - Designing the Forest Garden - Online (Zoom)
April 20, 9 am - 3 pm - A Hands-on-Experience: Perma-Blitz - On-site (Limited Spots)
 

Sustainable Food Systems Solutions
Thursday, February 17, 12:00 PM 1:30 PM
A panel event bringing light to how we can transition to more sustainable food systems in Canada. From Youth Climate Save Canada.


Blooming Boulevards Online Workshops
Low-Maintenance Boulevard Gardens
Saturday February 19, 10 am - 11 am
Design Your Own Pollinator Garden
Saturday, March 12, 10 am - 11 am


Family Day with Black Creek Community Farm
February 21, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join BCCF for an afternoon filled with activities for the whole family to enjoy. Register


Toronto Seedy Saturday 2022
February 22 - March 12
  • Find links to online seed vendors
  • Connect with gardening and greening organizations
  • Learn about gardening through webinars and the TSS Library
  • Find seed exchanges across Toronto
Launch event Saturday, February 26
  • Keynote speaker Isaac Crosby presenting EARTH HELPING: Stories of Afro-Indigenous survival and teachings on urban gardening
  • Panel: Grow Where you are Planted: From Seed to Harvest
  • Ask gardening experts how to get started wherever you are growing

Toronto Food Resources


Active Transportation / Public Transit

Beyond the Automobile: The Three Types of Cycling Advocates

                               
Donations / Volunteering

Volunteer with Green Neighbours Network
Do you want to make connections, make friends, and make a difference? GNN is made up of volunteers keen to make Toronto greener, healthier, and more sustainable. Turn your concern into action - fill in GNN’s quick volunteer survey and find a role that fits your working style, skills, interests, and availability.

Coldest Night of the Year: Help Raise Funds for the Fort York Food Bank
Saturday, February 26
Looking for a way to do some good? If your New Year’s resolution was to get outside more, join a fundraiser or help those in need, you can start the year off with success by joining FYFB for Coldest Night of the Year, an annual family-friendly fundraising walk supporting local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness.. This year’s event will be held the evening of February 26, and there are options for both in-person and virtual participation. 


The Stop: Winter Gear Donation Drive For 1884 Davenport
The Stop is looking to support more than 200 community members this month at 1884 Davenport with a winter gear donation drive. They're looking or new or lightly used winter gear including jackets, gloves, hats, scarves and warm socks as well as toiletries such as deodorant and soap for community members. They will be accepting donations at 1884 Davenport Road Monday through Fridays between 9am and 5pm. Connect at general@thestop.org  with any questions about the donation drive!

TreeMobile needs volunteers!
It's almost time for TreeMobile 2022! You can't select your plants yet, but you can sign up to volunteer to be a planter or a driver on May 15th, or you might be able to help them sort their many food-bearing trees and shrubs on May 14th. Sign up, and if you want to get some plants from TreeMobile, keep watching the site!

Free Geek Toronto Volunteer Information Session
Interested in being a Digital Community Strategist or Lead Technology Reuse Volunteer?
Tuesday, February 15, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.



Grants and Opportunities

Grey Tree Frog Apprenticeship Program
Application Deadline: Sunday, February 20
3-Day March Break Program: March 15th-17th, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Friends of the Rouge Watershed is running its 9th annual Grey Tree Frog Apprenticeship Program for local high school students this March Break via Zoom!  Open to students in grade 9-12 in Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill or Pickering.   Access the application here.  For more information, contact Thivyah at thivyah@frw.ca


CSI Accelerate from Anywhere Info Session
Wednesday, February 23
Are you an entrepreneur tackling water or climate challenges? Led by Climate Ventures, Accelerate from Anywhere (AfA) is an initiative of Foresight Canada and the Centre for Social Innovation that provides a first-of-its-kind “acceleration ramp”, building the capacity of cleantech ventures across the country. The six acceleration programs of AfA is for those tackling climate and water challenges through the power of entrepreneurship, located anywhere in Canada. Register for the info session here! Contact if you have questions: climateventures@socialinnovation.ca


Ontario School Battery Recycling Challenge on through Spring 2022
This annual program that runs each school year (Autumn through Spring) aims to teach children and their families about the proper ways to handle, store and recycle batteries at home and at school. The goal is to recycle an average of 1.36 kilograms for every student and staff enrolled at each school. 1.36 kilograms is what the average Canadian household may have been accumulating in one year. Nearly 1 million batteries were sent in through the challenge last year! It’s an opportunity to earn $100 to $200 or more for your school, with a separate additional portion of proceeds going to SickKids Foundation, and a chance for students to win individual prizes too! Learn more.

Canada Farm to School Canada Grants deadline extended.
Friday February 18, 2022 application deadline for up to $10,000.


Help build vital connections between people and parks
February 28, 2022 application deadline for $2,000 from TD Park People Grants.

Making a difference in the lives of children and youth
Canada Post Community Foundation grants open March 7, 2022, for $5,000 to $50,000.

Ontario Trillium Foundation: Resilient Communities Fund
Applications open March 9, 2022 for $5,000 to $150,000.

Telus Friendly Future Foundation Community Grant
March 30, 2022 application deadline for $20,000.

Desjardins Credit Union GoodSpark Fund:
$250 million by 2024. Consider contacting a branch for more information. [Sharing via the Ontario NonProfit Network (ONN) Resource Centre.]

 
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