Dear Green Neighbours
Municipal elections are being held across Ontario on Monday, October 24. Voter apathy kills innovation at the municipal level - typically less than a third of eligible electors get out and vote, which means incumbents often sail through uncontested. Take the time to get informed - especially on candidates and climate issues - with some of the resources below and make a plan to vote! A better Toronto depends on it.
Also: Save the date for the in-person return of GNN's EcoFair on November 6!
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
We are taking October off! The next Green 11 meeting will take place on Friday, November 25th, 4 - 6pm. If you would like to attend contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and receive the Zoom invitation.
Ward 11 Home Retrofit Forum
Liz Addison, Ward 11 Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion, has created a Facebook Group called the Home Retrofit Forum. Many homeowners want to do something to reduce their carbon footprint, but are put off by the complexity, difficulty, expense and variability of the process. Members are invited to ask questions, offer advice based on their personal experiences or knowledge, and share the details of their home retrofit journey. There are no stupid questions! Feel free to ask anything. We're all here to help, share and learn. You can contact Liz directly at email@example.com
Ward 11 "Ecobuddies" Climate Action Champion Program
Ecobuddies is a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Calls to Action
Make October 24th A Big Day For Climate Action!
The Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign has developed a Municipal Candidate's Climate Pledge and are encouraging candidates to sign it. You can send the Pledge to all the candidates in your municipality requesting they sign and let OCEC know at email@example.com. You can also keep up the momentum demanding evidence-based climate action from government by signing the OCEC pledge here.You can also sign the the Leadnow petition here.
Stop the Bradford Bypass
Work has already begun on the Bradford Bypass without an assessment on the effects it will have on the Lake Simcoe watershed and nearby historical First Nations' site, the Lower Landing. To address these concerns an environmental and a full archaeological assessment is needed. Visit this page by the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition to send a letter to the Ontario Minister of Transportation and the Federal Minister of Department of Fisheries and Oceans to halt work on the bypass until the necessary assessments are made.
We need an ambitious cap on emissions
Oil and gas companies produce more emissions than any other sector in the country. The federal government has launched public consultations on the design of a new cap on the oil and gas sector that would limit the emissions industry is allowed to produce and make sure those emissions go down over time. We need the federal government to place a hard cap on future emissions, Reduce emissions immediately, and Make sure that all types of emissions are reduced. You can tell Prime Minister Trudeau the fossil fuel industry must be held accountable for its pollution with this Environmental Defence action. You can also sign the Leadnow petition.
Green Events and Webinars
Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival
Both live and streamed films.
"Scrap" Screening and Q&A
Sunday, October 16th, 4:00pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
When objects are built cheaply and made to be thrown away, we all too quickly lose the instinct and ability to repair or recycle. Scrap confronts big topics with a gentle nostalgia and a quiet pace. You’ll never look at junk in quite the same way again. Join Scrap director Stacey Tenenbaum and speakers from Impact Zero and the Circular Innovation Council for this screening and Q&A.
Ecofeminism and Environmental Perspectives
Wednesday, October 19, noon - 2 pm
This presentation with U of T's School of the Environment's Dr. Heather Eaton will provide an overview of ecofeminism, with a focus on issues, insights and critiques that feminism brings to environmental perspectives and decision-making.
First Ever Canadian Music Climate Summit
Friday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education
Ahead of COP-27 in Egypt this year, Music Declares Emergency Canada and the Canadian Live Music Association have organized a day of climate action, to share resources to help the music industry rebuild from COVID-19 with climate at the forefront. This will be a one-day summit (conference) featuring a keynote by David Suzuki followed by an evening panel and concert.
How To Speed Up Zero-Emissions Vehicle Adoption in Your Municipality
Friday, October 21, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Any effective municipal response needs to address transportation as a leading source of emissions, and any sustainable transportation strategy needs to enable the rapid adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV). Based on extensive modelling of municipal ZEV strategies coast-to-coast, the Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) network and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) teamed up with Dunsky Energy Consulting to identify and prioritize the highest-impact municipal actions for electrifying how people, goods and services move around.
Sunday, October 30, 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Jaffari Community Centre 9000 Bathurst Street Vaughan
Join the Faith & the Common Good and EnviroMuslims teams for an afternoon dedicated to sharing the success stories of Faith communities across the Greater Toronto Area as they work to implement sustainability projects within their communities. I f you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosedale United Church Holly Berry Fair
Saturday, November 5th, 10 a.m - 3 p.m.
Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxburough Drive (at Glen Rd.)
After a two-year COVID imposed hiatus, Rosedale United Church is reviving the Holly Berry Fair, a decades-old tradition in the Rosedale-Moore Park neighbourhood, with a Eco theme, featuring green vendors, silent auction, used books, antiques, knitting and baked goods, a kid’s zone, Fran’s Cafe and much more.
Sunday, November 6, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wychwood Barns, 76 Wychwood Avenue
Green Neighbour Network’s annual EcoFair showcases environmental non-profits and environmentally friendly businesses to celebrate their success and inspire everyone to join them in taking action. Get informed and inspired to make greener choices in your life, home, and community. Enjoy fun interactive activities for kids and adults alike, and good food. Stop by the Green 11 table to say hello! Subscribe for event details. Watch the EcoFair Toronto website for the latest details.
There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities from event planning, to tech, to marketing, with flexible hours to fit any schedule. If you are interested, email email@example.com.
Toronto Regional Conservation Authority Events
TPL Our Fragile Planet Online Film / Lecture series
Green News & Resources
Random Acts of Green present HallowGreen
Help keep the climate action momentum strong this month. Complete as many HallowGreen Acts as you can, then share your progress by tagging @randomactsofgreen. “Scare” others into making lifestyle s-witches and challenge them to join in!
Energy Mix: Canadian Senators Launch Climate Solutions Group
IISD: The Bottom Line: Why Canada’s energy security hinges on renewables
ARD: Identifying Your Role in the Movement
Guardian: ‘Stop setting things on fire’: nine great ideas to save the planet
Guardian: Greta Thunberg on the climate delusion: ‘We’ve been greenwashed out of our senses. It’s time to stand our ground’
Focus on Municipal Elections:
City of Toronto: Voting info
The Local: Candidate Tracker (incl. mayoral, councillors, and trustees)
TPL: Know Your Vote TO: Along with helpful information about voting in this election, there are primers on five big issues in the City, including Climate Action.
Ward 11 All Candidates Forums:
Toronto Star Vote Compass tool
- October 3 recording, supported by Baldwin Village Community Association, Grange Community Association, Friends of Kensington Market, Cawthra Mansions Co-Op, and the University of Toronto Students' Union.
- October 12 recording: sponsored by HVRA, Annex RA, Palmerston Area RA, Huron Sussex RO, Bloor Annex, BIA, Harbord St BIA.
Progress Toronto: progressive candidate list
Environmental Defence: What Makes a Strong Environment Plan for Toronto
Toronto Environmental Alliance: TORONTO ELECTION 2022: Waste, the City and our opportunity to ditch the disposables
Also, TEA invited candidates to pledge their support for climate resilience, climate action, and a circular zero-waste economy. Read the Greener City for All Platform, pledge to vote and view the results of the Candidate Pledge.
The Centre for Active Transportation: Calling for Safe and Active Streets for All
Community Bikeways: Municipal Vote 2022
Park People: Parks Platform 2022
ClimateFast has an excellent list of tools and resources compiled by organizations including Toronto Environmental Alliance, ProgressTO, and Environmental Defence to help you advocate for and find a candidate who will be a climate action champion and a
list of questions that can be put to candidates via phone or email, at debates, or on social media
OCEC video: Hope & Climate Action at the Local Level: 2022 Ontario Municipal Election
Suzuki Foundation: Your guide to the 2022 Ontario municipal elections
TTCriders: How are candidates promising to improve transit?
Zero Waste Events, News and Resources
Circular Economy Month
Each week in October will have a different theme that celebrates and promotes different aspects of the circular economy model. Learn more about the events happening across Canada and how you can get involved.
Waste Reduction Week - October 17 – 23
As part of Canada’s first Circular Economy Month, Waste Reduction Week celebrates both collective and individual environmental commitments and efforts. Creative ideas to reduce waste in our daily lives are shared over the seven days, covering the issues of climate change, pollution, and the preservation of our natural resources. This is a great time to join the #ReuseableTO campaign started by Toronto Environmental Alliance by supporting as an individual or business or endorsing as a group. Learn more at reusabletoronto.ca
York U: The Macro Problem with Microplastics (video)
Toronto waste reduction resources For more zero waste related news and events across Toronto see Zero Waste Hub Toronto on Facebook and Twitter
Trees, Gardens, Urban Agriculture and Food Security
Author Talk: Why Our Gardens Matter with Lorraine Johnson
Wednesday, October 19, 7 - 8:30 pm
Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave E Toronto
With stories from her books, Lorraine will look at how rethinking gardening traditions can move us toward a future of ecological health and justice.
Toronto Food Resources
Active Transportation / Public Transit
CycleTO University-Rosedale Social
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 ⋅ 7pm – 8:30pm
Victory Cafe, 440 Bloor St. W.
To kick off the new cycle of city council, the Ward 11 Advocacy Group is going to have a social event to get together, chat about the election results and what they mean for the next few years of cycle advocacy in the Ward. Please RSVP here.
CBC: Dangerous roads and slow progress: Road safety becomes issue on Toronto campaign trail
CBC: Hundreds of cyclists gather to renew call for safer Toronto streets
BikeChain at UofT
Cycle Toronto - University-Rosedale
Matteo's Mobile Bike Repair - safe cyclng resources
Call for Donations and Volunteers
Become a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion
Applications Close October 28th
Want to inspire climate action in your community? Join the City of Toronto's Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions program! Successful applicants will receive training, support, an honorarium, and get access to up to $2,000 in grants to initiate a local climate action project.
Grants and Opportunities
LEAF Fall Tree Consultation
LEAF helps property owners in Toronto plant trees and shrubs at a subsidized price. Their certified arborists will help you make the right decisions about the best type of tree or shrub for your property with a focus on getting the right species in the right place with the right care. Native trees and shrubs are available for full-service planting by expert staff, or for delivery to your door. LEAF arborists are still booking onsite consultations in October! Don’t miss out and book today! For more information visit yourleaf.org or call LEAF at 416-413-9244.
Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led projects that:
PollinateTO supports projects that:
- Create a new pollinator garden or rain garden
- Expand or enhance an existing garden by adding native pollinator-friendly plants
- Convert a lawn area or hard surface to a pollinator garden
All Toronto neighbourhoods are eligible. Priority will be given to projects located in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs). Apply before October 27, 2022 at noon.
- directly result in the creation of pollinator habitat in Toronto
- are visible to the community
- include an educational component to inform others about pollinator stewardship
- involve the community in some way
Youth Climate Action Grants
The Youth Climate Action Grants provides funding to support Toronto District School Board (TDSB) student-led projects, activities and events that directly or indirectly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Grants of up to $1,000 are available for each eligible project. The purpose of the grants is to:
This funding initiative is a partnership between TransformTO and TDSB. The deadline to apply is December 5, 2022
- help TDSB students take and/or advocate for climate action in their schools and communities
- educate students, families and/or community members about actions they can take to reduce GHG emissions
- help accelerate the reduction of community-wide GHG emissions in Toronto to net zero by 2040, in support of the City’s TransformTO Net Zero climate action strategy
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