Dear Green Neighbours
September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Things you can do to recognise the experience of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the work settlers need to do to work toward reconciliation include wearing an orange shirt, attending related events, and educating yourself - here are some resources to start with.
Municipal elections are being held across Ontario on Monday, October 24. Think about the kind of community you want to live in and learn which candidate best represents your views. You can find a list of candidates, their contact info and social media here, as well as resources listed below.
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 but encourage you to attend municipal election forums around the ward, including the Ward 11 all candidates debate on October 12 listed in the event section. The next Green 11 meeting will take place on November 25th, 4 - 6pm. If you would like to attend contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also keep up the momentum demanding evidence-based climate action from government by signing the OCEC petition here.
Right-to-Repair Legislation now!
By making our devices too difficult, expensive, or impossible to repair, manufacturing giants force us to replace our products more often or shell out for their in-house repair services. It’s an unfair abuse of their power, and particularly wrong at a time when people are already struggling to afford basic necessities in a time of soaring inflation. Broad “right-to-repair” legislation in Canada would force manufacturing giants to make materials, resources, and repair manuals available to everyone. That means stopping these companies from using people as cash cows and defending the planet from overwhelming e-waste. You can sign the petition demanding our government pass right-to-repair legislation in Canada this fall.
Public Consultations on the Canada Green Buildings Strategy
The Government of Canada is currently seeking input on the development of a national Green Buildings Strategy. Consultations are open to all members of the public, as well as those with a professional interest in the field. You can respond here.
Public Consultations on Capping GHG Emissions from Oil and Gas Production
The Government of Canada is currently seeking input from the public on their proposed plans for limiting emissions from the oil and gas sector. This industry is the largest single contributor to Canada’s total GHG emissions. Climate Messengers Canada has produced a toolkit to clarify the proposed policy changes and guide people through the consultation process; the David Suzuki Foundation has also provided a helpful template for your message. Responses can be submitted via email to PlanPetrolieretGazier-OilandGasPlan@ec.gc.ca. The deadline to submit a response is September 30th, 2022.
Push For A Leaf Blower Ban
Gasbusters has a number of things you can do to pressure Toronto City Hall to ban these noise and (mostly) gas-fume polluters. Also the city has a list of alternatives you can suggest to your neighbours.
Green Events and Webinars
Global Climate Strike!
Friday, September 23, 2 pm
Queen's Park South Lawn
Call for an end to fossil fuel subsidies and other actions that perpetuate climate breakdown and injustice. Help push for a transition that puts people before profits, upholds Indigenous rights, responds to calls for global climate justice and empowers us to build strong, healthy communities. Fridays for Future Toronto is a youth-led, grassroots organization fighting for urgent climate action that centres social justice, Indigenous rights, and uplifts marginalized voices.
Taking it to the next level: Decolonizing Climate Action
Tuesday, September 27, 7:00 pm
The final event of KAIROS Climate Action Month 2022 builds on the month’s learnings and asks people to consider how to apply what’s been learned to our own lives and to climate action. It is meant to truly set our feet, hearts, and minds on the path of decolonization as we work to mitigate and avoid further climate injustice.
Indigenous Legacy Gathering
September 29 & 30, 2022
Nathan Phillips Square,Toronto
Live stream here
Ravine Days 2022 City-Wide Celebration of Stewardship and Volunteering
Saturday, October 1, 10 am to 1 pm
Middle Mill, 44 Beechwood Drive
As part of Toronto’s annual Ravine Days celebration, please join us in recognizing our ravines, parks and greenspace along with the folks who work tirelessly to protect and restore them! Hosted by Toronto Field Naturalists, Toronto Nature Stewards, A Park for All and Urban Forestry, this will be a fun-filled day with lots of nature and kid-friendly programming. With many eco/green groups on site, there will be something for all to do and learn.
Climate Change Cafe
Friday, October 7, noon
Carbon Conversations TO and Talk Climate to Me (TCTM) are co-hosting a special lunchtime event to talk about all things climate action. Participate as little or as much as you wish and connect with like-minded individuals in a safe space.
Ward 11 Municipal Election All Candidates Forum
Wednesday, October 12, 7-9 pm
Harbord Village Residents Association (HVRA), along with Annex RA, Palmerston Area RA, Huron Sussex RO, Bloor Annex BIA, Harbord St BIA, are hosting a forum for 8 of the candidates running to replace Mike Layton as Ward 11 Councillor in the election on October 24. Come out and ask about their positions on issues that are important to you.
Toronto Regional Conservation Authority Events
TPL Our Fragile Planet Online Film / Lecture series
Green News & Resources
Energy Mix: WHO, 192 Global Health Associations Back Fossil Fuel Phaseout
Suzuki Foundation: Water runs through the climate crisis
Globe and Mail: Toronto’s ravines are in a critical state, threatened by invasive species, climate change and intensive land development
Toronto Star: How climate change is impacting older women
BBC: The 'spongy' cities of the future
Park People Parks Platform 2022: Toronto Parks as Core Urban Infrastructure
City of TO: map of Toronto climate action organizations
Interested in joining others who are taking climate action in your community but don't know where to start? The City of Toronto is developing a map of climate action organizations in Toronto. Add your organization's info to the map by filling out this survey
Focus on Municipal Elections:
The Local newspaper has compiled a number of resources, including a list of Ward 11 candidates and their bios.
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 asked all candidates about their commitments to increase TTC service, lower fares, and prioritize transit on our streets.
Social Planning Toronto is hosting a series of election-related events and has compiled election issue fact sheets and a speakers roster of experts to speak to groups on various election issues.
Cycle Toronto, The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), Walk Toronto, and Friends and Families for Safe Streets (FFSS) have a campaign to push candidates to commit to Safe and Active Streets for All. You can also sign and share their election campaign coalition pledge in support.
Zero Waste Events, News and Resources
Saturday, September 24
organized by Roncy Reduces
Second Hand Sunday
The Great Global Nurdle Hunt
September 19th - October 17th
Multiple events at locations across the city
The Great Global Nurdle Hunt returned starting on September 19th. Join A Greener Future to search for nurdles (plastic pellets used in manufacturing and which fall out of ship containers transporting them) along the shores of Lake Ontario. Upcoming nurdle hunts in Toronto include Marie Curtis Park (September 27) and Sunnyside Beach (October 13).
Inside Halton: 'BE PREPARED': Big changes coming to No Frills, Food Basics, Metro, Shoppers Drug Mart, Longo's, Real Canadian Superstore and other grocery stores that will impact shoppers
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
Toronto Garlic Festival
Sunday, September 25th
Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.
Stock up on your winter supply of Ontario garlic while tasting delicious sweet & savoury dishes made with Ontario garlic, and enjoy Ontario wine & garlic beer and garlic cocktails. Live music & garlic shots free with $5 admission.
Food & Freedom: Dreaming Food Just Futures Through Prison Abolition
Thursday, September 29 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM
A panel event exploring the intersections between policing, prison abolition, and food justice. Featuring Butterfly GoPaul (Jane Finch Action Against Poverty), Rinaldo Walcott (University of Toronto), and Kanav Kathuria (The Maryland Food & Prison Abolition Project).
International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction
Thursday, September 29
Read about Random Acts of Green’s solutions for reducing food waste
Toronto Food Resources
Active Transportation / Public Transit
Light Up Toronto: Road Safety Walk, Roll, and Ride
Sunday, October 2 at 7 PM.
Leaving from Ramsden Park (across from Rosedale Station) and proceeding along Yonge to Dundas Square
In the continuing campaign to reduce speed, save lives, and right the imbalance on public roads, a city-wide road safety rally is planned. Residents are encouraged to meet in Ramsden Park at 7:00 pm to stage a walk or roll that will put pressure on our political candidates to do the right thing.
Beyond the Automobile: Toronto’s First Dutch-Style Protected Intersection
BikeChain at UofT
Cycle Toronto - University-Rosedale
Matteo's Mobile Bike Repair - safe cyclng resources
Call for Donations and Volunteers
Volunteer for the Bike Brigade
The Bike Brigade is a group of 1000+ volunteer cyclists delivering food and other essentials by bike across Tkaronto (Toronto). While the Bike Brigade emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it continues to ride and support its partner organizations to reach communities across the city. As the seasons begin to change, the Bike Brigade is looking for more volunteers to keep the deliveries going year-round.
Volunteer for MobilizeTO
MobilizeTO is looking for new volunteers to join the group, especially social media people. Their mission is having the City of Toronto’s TransformTO climate action plan achieve real-zero emissions by 2030 by mobilizing citizens, politicians, communities and groups. If you would like to become a volunteer of the group please get in touch at email@example.com. If you want more details about the social media position, please refer to this volunteer posting.
Grants and Opportunities
Voter engagement grants for residents and grassroots groups
Social Planning Toronto is offering a small grant of $500 to Toronto residents/resident groups for voter engagement in their communities in 2022 municipal election. Interested residents are requested to apply by September 29 at 12 p.m. If you have trouble accessing the google form, please email Israt Ahmed at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Successful recipients will be notified by email on October 3. All activities must be completed between October 3–24, and a brief report must be submitted between October 25–November 15, 2022. Guidelines on reporting will be provided.
INDUCTION STOVE DISCOUNTS
Harbord Village Resident Association's Net Zero committee invites you to join their "induction stove" bulk buy, a money-saving program to reduce fossil emissions and indoor air pollution in your home. Did you know that induction stoves heat water twice as fast as gas and they are safer than both gas and conventional electric stoves? Best Buy is providing discounts of $300 to $900 on seven different induction stove ranges and $100 to $150 on three different induction stove cooktops. Best of all, they have a special team who will discuss which brand of an induction range or cooktop might best meet the needs of a particular individual. Anyone in Ontario within Best Buy’s catchment area can participate.
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:
Applications for grant funding will open on September 26, 2022.This funding initiative is a partnership between TransformTO and TDSB
- 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
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
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