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Dear Green Neighbours
Earth Day has officially come and gone, but as you know, it is critical to act on behalf of the Earth every day of the year. For a thoughtful take on Earth Day, you may want to check out Open Your Eyes: An Anthology on Climate Change, a collection of poetry and prose on oil spills, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, tsunamis, and pandemics the politics of climate change.  In the meantime, here is a simple, celebratory verse by children’s author Jane Yolen.

Earth Day
By Jane Yolen

I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.

And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here
Naturally.

That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.


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, May 21, 4-6 p.m.
Please join us at our next meeting, Friday, May 21, 4-6 p.m.  Contact Paul Overy at paul.greenward11@gmail.com to receive log in info for the meeting and to suggest any items for the agenda.



Calls to Action

Join StopPlastics' Letter-Writing Campaign to Loblaws
Canada is a disproportionately large contributor to the growing global plastic problem. While grocery stores are the source of much of this problem, they also have a unique ability to address it. Grocery retailers have a lot of sway regarding the manner in which suppliers deliver product and how it is packaged for the consumer. Given the size and reach of Loblaws (their stores include No Frills, Fortinos, Shoppers Drug Mart, Real Canadian Superstore, and Joe Fresh), StopPlastics has begun a merchant responsibility campaign to convince retailers to reduce their plastic use in their business with this giant.

To join their letter-writing campaign to convince Loblaws to find alternatives to plastic packaging, visit StopPlastics' events calendar.



Tell Federal Government Environmental Assessment Needed for Highway 413 and the Holland Marsh Highway
 The Ontario government has revived two proposals for new 400-series highways, Highway 413 and the Holland Marsh Highway (Bradford Bypass), which would carve through the Holland Marsh and slice up sections of farmland and the Greenbelt between Vaughan and Milton. These new highways would cost billions of dollars, will have irreversible impacts on the forests, farms, wetlands, rivers and communities that they bulldoze through, threaten endangered species, and in the case of the 413, would save drivers less than a minute on their commute. Despite these potential impacts, the Ontario government is planning to build these highways without conducting full environmental assessments.

The federal government can designate these projects for full federal environmental assessments. One of the criteria for a federal environmental assessment is public concern. Learn more and send the letter here written by Environmental Defense to Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, stating that you want a full environmental assessment for Highway 413 and the Holland Marsh Highway. Minister Wilkinson is due to announce his decision by May 4th.



Take Action Roundtable on Road Safety and the MOMS Act
Tuesday, May 4, 5  p.m. - 6 p.m.
What’s in the Moving Ontarians More Safely (MOMS) Act? The Act gives Toronto permission to install safety cameras on streetcars to find and fine drivers who speed by a streetcar at a transit stop, putting riders at risk. The Act includes Bill 148: The Doored But Not Ignored Bill to provide better protections for cyclists.  If passed, this Act will mean that accidents involving a vehicle’s door coming into contact with a cyclist, bicycle or moving vehicle must be reported to the nearest police officer.  The Act increases penalties for people who speed on highways and roads, including automatic suspension of a license if a driver races through a community zone.

How can you get involved?
  • Contact the Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney and ask her to strengthen the MOMS Act. caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org   905-895-1555, Twitter: @C_Mulroney
  • Participate in Committee The bill is at second reading. You can submit written comments and apply to speak to the MOMS Act when it reaches committee. Please copy MPP Jessica Bell at jbell-co@ndp.on.ca if you want your concerns shared in the legislature or in committee.
  • Join MPP Bell’s Take Action Roundtable on Road Safety and the MOMS Act.The purpose of this roundtable is to give you an update on the bill, discuss what additional amendments can be introduced into the Act, and discuss what actions we can take to keep road users safe. RSVP at jbell-co@ndp.on.ca   


 Green Online Events and Webinars

Hell or Clean Water – World Premiere, HotDocs Festival
Available: April 29th, 10:00 a.m.;88 min, Includes Q&A
In what appears to be a Sisyphean task, Newfoundland diver Shawn Bath has devoted himself to cleaning up the ocean floor one rotting tire at a time. He's already removed 15,000 pounds of garbage single-handedly. Driven by passion and held back by bureaucracy, this inspiring story highlights the enormity of human-caused environmental damage and the power of an individual's determination to make the world a better place.
Co-presented with Planet in Focus Environment Film Festival.

Find out more and get tickets here. See the full selection of HotDocs Festival films, including many under the category of Ecology and the Environment here



Creative Solutions for a New World Climate & Artists Series - Season 3
Wednesdays, May 5 & 19, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Free Climate and the Arts webinar series. Your one-time registration signs you up for the entire Season 3 webinar series and to receive free video replays of each presentation. Please visit www.CreativelyUnited.org  to learn more about upcoming presentations. Register here.



Growing the Future workshops
During the month of May, Greenest City will be raising funds for Growing The Future children's programs by hosting workshops on each Friday night of the month (well, three Fridays and one holiday Monday). The online sessions are fun, educational and led by Greenest City’s own passionate staff. Come for one or all four fantastic workshops:
Great Lakes Trivia Night
Thursday, May 13, 8 p.m.
Join Greener Future’s next virtual event "Great Lakes Trivia Night", it will include a bunch of information about waste in the Lake and start off this year's round of Love Your Lake. We haven't confirmed all of the dates for this year’s round of Love Your Lake shoreline cleanups just yet because of all the changes in restrictions but we should have more information soon. Register here 



TRCA Offers Free Online Spring Activities https://trca.ca/learning/nature-elearning/


TRCA’s 2021 summer camp registration are NOW OPEN!
TRCA camps offer a wide variety of immersive experiences designed to engage young minds and inspire creativity.  Hurry, spots are booking up quickly.Register  here
Camp Locations:
  • Pickering | Claremont Nature Centre
  • Richmond Hill | Swan Lake
  • Toronto | Tommy Thompson Park and Black Creek Pioneer Village
  • Woodbridge | Kortright Centre

TRCA Youth Volunteer Programs
May 3 to 21
Take action and earn high school volunteer hours at home and in your community! This virtual program consists of a live mandatory orientation session and five self-paced modules. Through this three-week program, you will have the opportunity to earn up to 11 high school volunteer hours.More info

Orientation Sessions for Spring
Thursday May 6 | 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday May 8 | 10:00 to 11:00 a.m

 

TO Ravines, with Love - A Special Ravine-Focused Series
Join Park People for a special ravine-focused event series, TO Ravines, With Love. Join experts to discover new, creative ways to love Toronto’s one-of-a-kind ravine system. This series was designed to support you in safely getting outdoors to enjoy some fresh air and exercise during the pandemic restrictions, but please be safe, and keep your distance.
Learn more


Dawn Chorus: A Guided Listening Tour of Morning Songbirds
Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 9:00-9:45 am
Call in from your favourite ravine or the comfort of home to join the 7th Annual Dawn Chorus as 50 million migrating songbirds return to Toronto. Experienced birders will share the amazing story of these beautiful creatures, help us identify birds by their song, and share recorded highlights of the Dawn Chorus. Register now


Connecting us Through Art: Ravine Wandering meets Art-Making
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Join an artistic journey using your camera, simple materials found around your home, and inspiration from your closest ravine. Together, we'll capture outdoor experiences through nature-centred art-making, deepening our connection to these nearby spaces and sharing the joy of nature with loved ones. Register now


Audio-Guided Forest Therapy Experience with Carolynne Crawley
Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:30 am
Join Forest Therapy Guide Carolynne Crawley from your local ravine, park, or green space or a live audio forest therapy experience. This expert-guided forest therapy experience will help you slow down, build a deeper connection to your surroundings and spend quality time in nature. Register now



Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club | Session 4
Thursday, May 20, 7:00  - 8:30 p.m.
Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub for the fourth installment of its virtual film club on the gendered impacts of resource extraction. This penultimate session will be hosted by Tasheena Sarazin, an Algonquin artist with roots from Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and Bear Island. Tasheena has chosen the film “Firewater Thunderbird Rising, an Anishinaabe Dance Film” by Christine Friday as well as a film by Penny Couchie.

Inspired by Anishinaabe creation stories, “Firewater Thunderbird Rising” is a performance that is an emotional and powerful journey to understand the historical effects that alcohol has had on our people creating a truth that pierces through the darkness of addiction rooted in fear to reveal a path towards healing that is directly connected to the land.
Tasheena will be joined by Christine Friday for a Q&A. Find out more and register here



Green News and Resources

Meet Jimmy Lu - Ward 11's new Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion
The City of Toronto has launched a new initiative called Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions. There are 25 champions, one per ward, in the first cohort who engage their neighbours in discussions about climate change and develop innovative neighbourhood-focused climate action projects. Jimmy Lu is the Champion in Ward 11.

Jimmy's experience spans various areas of sustainability from deep energy retrofits, to public policy, to GHG accounting, and evaluating energy conservation programs. If you have climate change related questions, have ideas for green initiatives, or would like to help with an initiative then please e-mail Jimmy at Ward11ClimateChampion@gmail.com.



We need to rethink investment treaties to ensure a rapid and just energy transition
As Joe Biden summons world leaders to step up global climate action and cut emissions, blogger Kyla Tienhaara explains why it’s time to reconsider investor-state dispute settlement and inaction risks raising the costs of shifting from fossil fuels to green alternatives.


TransformTO Net Zero Strategy Update
The City of Toronto has been conducting technical modelling on key climate actions that will be considered for the forthcoming TransformTO Net Zero Strategy, which will realign TransformTO to the updated target of Net Zero emissions by 2050 (or sooner). This work is being informed by climate science and public policy, international best practices, and the extensive public and stakeholder consultation that took place in 2019 and 2020, most recently as part of the COVID-19 recovery and rebuild engagement process.

As the modelling phase wraps up this spring, the City will conduct additional stakeholder and public engagement to inform the Net Zero strategy that will be presented to Toronto City Council later in 2021. Please look out for future engagement opportunities through the TransformTO and Live Green Toronto websites, e-updates and social media channels.

    

Home Energy Retrofits with BetterHomesTO
The City of Toronto's BetterHomesTO program has launched a new series of three animated videos to help residents learn more about ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. The videos cover a variety of key steps to making homes more comfortable, healthy and climate-friendly, from EnerGuide Home Energy Evaluations, simple actions like the installation of LED lighting and high efficiency appliances, to deep energy retrofits.Visit the BetterHomesTO website for more information.


TTC to expand electric bus fleet
At the TTC Board meeting last week, approval was given for the purchase of an additional 300 electric buses to join the fleet beginning in 2023. The new e-buses will be added to the 60 currently in operation on routes throughout the City. Vehicle electrification is a key component of TransformTO, and the transition of the TTC bus fleet to a 100% zero-emissions propulsion technology will contribute significantly to reaching the City's climate, innovation and sustainability objectives. Electric bus procurement is part of the TTC’s commitment to be 50% zero emissions by 2028-2032 and 100% zero emissions by 2040.

The current fleet of 60 battery-electric buses is the largest zero-emissions fleet in North America, and is currently undergoing detailed evaluation to better understand the new technology, ensure reliable service for customers, and inform future e-bus procurement. More information on the e-bus procurement program is available on the TTC website.



Noventa WET system at Toronto Western Hospital – Super Clean Energy from a Surprising Source
We can do a lot to fix climate change over the next thirty years. What if we could spend that time saving a quarter of a million tonnes of carbon emissions from one hospital? What would that look like? Read more here.


The Canadian Supreme Court rules in favour of the carbon tax
A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the use of federal power to impose a carbon tax across Canada is, in fact, constitutional. This is fantastic news for our country, and it means provincial governments can accelerate, but no longer impede, federal action to deal with the climate crisis.

Over the past three years, the carbon tax faced bitter opposition from provinces like Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Now that Ottawa has the constitutional authority to decide on the issue, let’s make sure our governments put their energy into more constructive things — like putting a greater price on pollution and exploring other policy options to further address the climate emergency. With one less barrier to passing strong, Canada-wide climate legislation, there’s one less excuse decision-makers can use to stall the transition to a green economy.



Canada is one step closer to addressing environmental racism
Bill C-230, a private member’s bill introduced by MP Lenore Zann, is Canada’s chance to take a monumental first step in understanding and addressing environmental racism, and last month it passed its second parliamentary reading.

If passed into law, the new bill will compel governments to monitor links between environmental risk, race, socio-economic status, and health outcomes. It will set in motion a systematic review of how environmental laws are enforced and provide further means to redress harms resulting from environmental racism. This is only a small piece of what is truly required to address environmental racism in Canada, but it is a step that is urgently needed and long overdue.

To learn more about what environmental racism is and how you can help, check out the recent blog by Greenpeace Canada lawyer Priyanka Vittal. Also take a look at this new report on fossil fuel racism from the Movement for Black Lives, Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, and Greenpeace USA.



Prevent Bird / Window collisions
The annual migration has started, which means hundreds of millions of birds, each flying hundreds or thousands of kilometres, will be passing along a north-south flyway through Toronto on their way to the Boreal forest. Along the way the birds face many hazards but when they reach the city, there is a particular hazard that you can actually do something about ... your windows. Visit the FLAP website for information on simple preventative options.


Sambazon's Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce
20 years ago, a young group of social entrepreneurs joined a movement to change the world through the pursuit of an alternative economic model and practice of conscious commerce. Seeding Change is about "triple bottom line" businesses that consider the social, environmental and financial impacts of their companies and address some of today’s most challenging issues. This award-winning documentary empowers viewers to be part of the solution by voting with their dollars and supporting the brands and products that align with their values.


10 Actions You Can Take For The Planet During A Pandemic
Random Acts of Green's tips help make change possible.

 
Zero Waste News and Events

Repair Cafe Online
Bike Maintenance and Tune Ups Tuesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
It's Spring and time to get your bike ready for warm weather. This workshop will demonstrate how to get your tires pumped up, check the brakes and cables. Fixer: Alan Stummer. Register here



New #TaggingTrash project in Toronto Harbour: UofTTrashTeam in the news!
UofTTrashTeam launched 20 orange plastic reusable bottles with trackers in them in their new #TaggingTrash project to reveal pathways of #litter in #Toronto Harbour and help understand local sources of litter (to tackle #PlasticPollution w/ practical solutions). Leave the orange bottles in the water, snap a photograph and post it on social media, tag @UofTTrashTeam and use the hashtag #TaggingTrash. (UofTTrashTeam is the outreach team of the microplastics & microfibers researchers, led by Associate Professor Chelsea Rochman, at Rochman Lab at UofT!)

 

Announcing the new CanadaReduces.ca website!
Say hello to Canada Reduces, a newly created network for the volunteer-led ‘Reduces’ groups! What began in 2019 as a need to reduce waste and single-use plastics in Toronto's Roncesvalles neighbourhood (learn more about Roncy Reduces in this video), has now evolved into the Reduces movement and expanded across Toronto and beyond!      

The Canada Reduces website provides information on how to start or join a reduction group, as well as waste reduction resources, including a self-assessment scale to measure your zero-waste goals.
 
Activities you can do range from Bronze Level 1 (using reusable shopping bags) to Platinum Level 4 (bulk-buying and particular packaging preferences). To see a list of zero waste stores in Toronto, you can click this link. For more tips and tricks to move towards zero waste by Canada Reduces, click here.



Waste Reduction Hub
A Greener Future has officially launched their online "Waste Reduction Hub" - a growing resource of information related to reducing plastic, food, textile, and electronics waste. The Waste Reduction Hub features a directory of local low-waste businesses, a recycling guide, as well as a number of action items to help get you started on your waste reduction journey.
 
 

Bulk Barn ‘Bring Your Own’ Containers
Bulk Barn has reinstated its Reusable Container Program in select stores across Toronto.
 
 

Which Waste-Reduction Changes Will Help the Most?
Project Neutral explores the importance of zero waste on a global scale, explaining the issues surrounding climate change and why action is needed.  
They have put together solutions to reduce energy, food, and plastic waste for a variety of budgets to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
Click here to use their carbon footprint calculator, which provides an exact estimate of your current impact on the environment.



DivaRecycles - that's right, you can recycle your Divacup
DivaCup has partnered with TerraCycle to create the first menstrual cup recycling program in North America.


16 Creative Uses for Food “Scraps”
Like our labeling of less desirable plants as weeds, we deem many edible parts of vegetables as scraps, suitable only for the compost heap. But by thinking like Grandma and using every last bit of our food, we can elevate these scraps to their rightful designation in our kitchens: ingredients. Check out these recipes including one for watermelon rind pickles!

Check out food waste reduction tips by the awesome Zero Waste Chef Ane-Marie Bonneau!
16 Creative Uses for Food ‘Scraps’: Like weeds are plants, scraps are food
15 More Creative Ideas for Food Scraps



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

                      
Urban Agriculture Events, News and Resources

Hot Composting workshop by Crooked Farmz
Tuesday May 4,1:00 p.m.
This workshop will cover the basics of creating "hot compost" yourself to improve soil health organically. We will discuss types of composters; the all-important Carbon:Nitrogen ratio; aeration and moisture; feedstocks and amendments; as well as fungi, worms, and other non-human partners. This event will be recorded and shared with all registered participants via email afterwards.Held as part of International Compost Awareness Week and to help launch the York Region Food Network's new Compost Learning Hub! Register



Civic Life: Food Insecurity in the City
Wednesday May 19, 6:30 p.m.
What does food insecurity look like in the City of Toronto? Join Toronto Public Library’s panel of experts from Black Creek Community Farm and community organizers as they discuss the current measures of insecurity including the use of food boxes, community gardens and local efforts. Wrapping up with a live demo of turning food scraps into broth. Free by Toronto Public Library on Crowdcast. Register now or tune in on May 19 at 6:30 pm



Compost Awareness Week is May 2-8
Organized by the Compost Council of Canada. Info here


Grow Native Plants
Download the Grow Me Instead online booklet so you can consider what perennials are best for your garden.The webpage giving this link also includes information about where to buy locally-grown native plants, and offers packets of seeds for wildflower gardens. Also: check out the seed vendors and seed exchanges listed by Toronto Seedy Saturday


Yard Sharing
More and more people with yard space are interested in sharing it with gardeners seeking land.
Toronto urban Growers’ Garden Sharing page has tools for arranging agreements between landholders and gardeners.
Liberating Lawns is a project of Sundance Harvest that prioritizes BIPOC youth food growers.
YardshareTO is a website-based self-matching project.



Toronto Farmers Market Collective
As Covid cases are soaring again you may be interested in accessing safer food options. The Toronto Farmers Market Collective is a group of local food producers and farmers who have 4 pickup locations across the city on Saturdays.You can place orders here  Pick Up locations are:
  • St. Michael’s All Angels Church (near Wychwood)
  • Jefferson Pick-Up Hub (Liberty Village)
  • Evergreen Brickworks
  • Northline Pick-Up Hub (East York)

Community Fridges
There are currently 8 Community Fridges in Toronto, and 2 are located in Ward 11 at:
  • 888 Dupont (at Ossington)
  • 138 D'Arcy St. (in Kensington Market)
Learn more about Community Fridges Toronto. Here is a Map of Community Fridges in Toronto.

Take what you need, leave what you can’: How a Toronto network is transforming the way we think about food insecurity: Community Fridges Toronto (CFTO) is a volunteer-run network of public fridges stocked with fresh, free food for anyone who needs it.
How Canadians Started Community Fridges In Their Cities



Certificate Program in Urban Agriculture
May 3, 2021 classes start - May 10, 2021 registration deadline
Summer courses for Ryerson's Certificate Program in Urban Agriculture



Food Resources
Toronto Urban Growers
Foodshare
Grow Food Toronto
Get GrowingToronto

Toronto Seed Exchange  
City resources: Food banks, meal programs, meal delivery, and more


Active Transportation

ActiveTO is back!
ActiveTO weekend road closures are back and will be in place over the coming weekends. Please enjoy these spaces with members of your own household and keep your distance from others. Check out the current and upcoming closures - and see also 2020 Major Road Closure Program Data, and Survey Findings in partnership with Park People and the Clean Air Partnership.

Also: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cancellation of the Spadina Expressway, the City of Toronto is planning to open up the Allen Expressway to cyclists and pedestrians on June 6. Get outside, explore, and stay safe.



Cycling Tips and Resources
Spring Spruce Up: How to ABC Safety Check your bike (with videos!)


Transit town hall for Wheel-Trans users, people with disabilities, and seniors
Wednesday, May 5, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
ASL and closed captioning will be provided
TTCriders is teaming up with the Centre for Independent Living Toronto to organize this event. Join the discussion to share your experiences and accessibility concerns with fares and payment options. We will write a report based on your anonymous feedback and share it with the TTC, because they are creating a "5-Year Fare Plan." register here



Transit town halls for people who receive OW or ODSP
Option 1: Phone-in
Tuesday, May 11, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Option 2: Zoom or phone-in option
Wednesday, May 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

A presentation about the Fair Pass and how to apply will be followed by breakout discussion rooms on Zoom. We want to hear from you about your transit issues and what you want to see change! Register here



Jane's Walk Toronto - May 7 - 9
Jane's Walk Toronto returns from May 7 - 9 with a variety of free virtual citizen-led walks, online panel discussions, and many other exciting events. There are several in the downtown area, in or near Ward 11, but since it’s all virtual, you can easily travel from the comfort of home! These volunteer-led walking tours make spaces for people to observe, reflect, share, question, and re-imagine the places in which they live, work and play. 


Open Letter Supporting ActiveTO and safer bikeways
While the mayor’s recent announcement about temporary bikeways to serve as a “default” for the city’s transit system given the social distancing imperative of COVID-19 is useful, many cities around the world have already provided alternatives to transit by installing temporary bikeways, ranging from dozens to hundreds of kilometres, to allow essential workers to reach workplaces, and other residents to obtain daily necessities. Toronto is urged to do the same.  

Several local organizations have made key recommendations:
  • immediate installation of cross-town Bloor-Danforth and Yonge St. ‘spine’ bikeways -- approx 40 km;
  • installation of 60 km of additional bikeways on urgent basis (after expedited engagement of neighbourhood leaders) to mirror the busiest TTC surface routes;
  • Implementation of lower speed limits on roads with new bikeways, especially to protect vulnerable and novice riders.

Read more about holding the City of Toronto accountable when it says it is “committed to improving the cycling network.”


Invest in active travel to create healthy, green and just communities
Statistics Canada reports that nearly 7% of the 2 million commuters who used to take public transit are now walking or cycling. These changes happened rapidly even in cities such as Toronto, where there has been resistance from drivers to sharing the road. Now is the time to make some of these changes permanent.


Side Street Crossings: Where the Sidewalk Ends (But Doesn’t Have To)
Continuous sidewalks centre the pedestrian experience in street design. No longer are pedestrians interrupted at every block to look both ways; instead the onus is shifted onto the motorists who become guests in pedestrian space.


CycleTO University-Rosedale May meeting
Tuesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.
There are some important cycling projects happening this year in Ward 11. In particular there's an initiative underway to change Yonge St., north of Bloor, in a similar way to Danforth's transformation last year. There's lots of work that needs to be done on this and we could use your help! If you feel connected to these issues, we'd love to meet you. We meet monthly (Google Meet link), or get in touch by email at universityrosedale@cycleto.ca.  



Calls for Donations and Volunteers

LEAF May Volunteer Orientation
Monday, May 3, 6:30 - 7:30 p,m.
LEAF volunteers play a critical role in helping improve the urban forest. During this online orientation, participants will learn about the LEAF mission, their programs, and the different volunteer roles that they offer. Learn how you can help the urban forest in 2021 and beyond! (Note that volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.) Register Here



Right-to-Repair Communications Volunteers
Repair Café Toronto is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to manage, follow up, and share developments and information on the subject of Right-to-Repair (R2R).
Responsibilities:
  • Follow developments on the R2R international movement. The activity afoot and its outcomes offer intelligence and inspiration to local activists.
  • Share information through social media, newsletters, email networks, our website and other media outlets as appropriate and workable.
  • Write to educate about R2R and to broaden and energize engagement around the issues.
Find links with others moving R2R forward.Time commitment: will vary with the information and activity going on. 1-3 hours per week. Work from anywhere. If you’re interested, please send an email to info@repaircafetoronto.ca .


Use your garden to support the Avenue Road Food bank
The Annex Residents’ Association is looking for volunteers to become involved in distributed gardening in support of the Avenue Road food bank. If you know your arugula from your dandelion, they’d love to have you help with cultivation. Those who have a plot of land the volunteers can cultivate are also welcome. If you would like to get involved with this and other neighbourhood projects, please get in touch with Terri Chu at parksandtrees@theara.org


Free Geek Toronto is recruiting for its Board of Directors
Free Geek Toronto, a not-for-profit employment social enterprise dedicated to building digital inclusion serving the Greater Toronto Area, is looking for four enthusiastic and engaged volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors. They encourage people of all backgrounds, genders, ages, education and income levels, beliefs, cultural, ethnic or sexual identities, and those living with visible or invisible disabilities who are passionate about their cause to volunteer. Apply by Friday, May 14.



Grants & Opportunities

GreenPAC's Every Day Advocates
GreenPAC is on a mission to build a network of Canadians from all regions of the country, across the political spectrum, and support them so they can hold our elected officials accountable for the environment. Their current initiative is called Every Day Advocates. Its goal is to support organizers nationwide to hold town halls from May 17 to 19 and check in with MPs across the country about the commitments they made for the environment.

GreenPAC will be supporting organizers with the network, tools, resources, training and expertise they need to engage their local leaders, demand bold action for the environment, and let them know that the environment matters between elections - every single day. If you want to take action and hold a virtual town hall with your local MP, please email GNN (greenneighboursnetwork@gmail.com ) and also let GreenPAC know. We'll find team members to help you.



Global Open Call: Food Systems Game Changers Lab
Do you have an idea for how we might build a better food future for everyone, everywhere? OpenIDEO, EAT, Thought for Food, The Rockefeller Foundation, and other collaborators who support the UN Food Systems Summit, have launched a Global Open Call for a Food Systems Game Changers Lab. Learn more. May 14, 2021, submissions deadline.


Fashion Takes Action (FTA) Youth Ambassador Program
FTA is currently onboarding Youth Ambassadors to help them spread important messages about Sustainable and Circular Fashion. If you are ethically minded, passionate about sustainable fashion, and are between 15-25 years of age, apply today! The cut-off date for their next onboarding is May 11!

At FTA’s website you can click on ‘About’ > ‘Join’ for the application google form. This is a volunteer position, with perks! Be sure to also follow FTA on Instagram for their amazing content!



Whole Kids Foundation Grants
Take a look at school grants for local sustainable foods and gardens.



Are there green news or resources you'd like to see included in the Green 11 newsletters?  Send your items and ideas to greenward11@gmail.com.
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