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Dear Green Neighbours

This past week marked the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.  In the days ahead settler individuals can continue to learn, reflect and support the process of decolonization while righting relations with the Earth and Indigenous communities.

Below are some steps suggested by the David Suzuki Foundation:
  • Lift the burden of education off the shoulders of Indigenous Peoples. Visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to get started or sign up for the free online course on Indigenous Canada at the University of Alberta.
  • Donate one day’s pay. We’re all invited to give one day’s pay – or the amount of our choice – to Indigenous-led projects, movements, organizations and nations.
  • Download the “Guide to Deeper Engagement.” A project of the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, this guide is a conversation-starter, offering questions for internal reflections and research about the places and Indigenous Peoples where you live.
  • Learn more about the Land Back movement. There can be no reconciliation without a system of land governance that respects Indigenous Rights.

And here are some Indigenous-led organizations you can support and donate to, as suggested by Greenest City: To learn more, you can also consult the Toronto Public Libraries yearly Indigenous reading list for contemporary fiction, non-fiction and Children’s literature

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, October 22, 4-6 p.m.
Please join us at our next meeting.  Contact Paul Overy at to receive log in info for the meeting and to suggest any items for the agenda.

Calls to Action

End public finance for fossil fuels in 2021
On September 13th, 2,185 scientists and academics from 81 different countries launched an open letter calling for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. Their demands were delivered to world leaders on the eve of the UN General Assembly. The full letter and list of signatories can be found here.

The Liberals included in their platform a commitment to "Develop a plan to phase-out public financing of the fossil fuel sector, including from Crown corporations, consistent with our commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050." Now is the time to push Canada on this promise and urge them to join this joint declaration. Contact the Prime Minister and your MP (Chrystia Freeland for University Rosedale).

Call on government to move forward NOW with Canada's ban on single-use plastics
We need the federal government to make good on its promise to bring in a regulatory ban by the end of 2021. You can sign the Suzuki Foundation petition here

Tell the government: REDUCE and REUSE must be part of a Zero Plastic Waste Strategy
In the last 70 years, the plastics industry has only been able to recycle 9% of the plastic produced worldwide. You can sign the Greenpeace petition here.

 Green Online Events and Webinars

2021 ReGenerative Communities Summit
Friday, September 24 - Sunday, October 10
Together with dozens of partner organizations who are leading the transition to a more just and sustainable society, we will be offering an abundance of inspiring plenary sessions, skill-building workshops, dynamic discussion spaces, and engaging activities, tracing an arc from “What Is” to “What If” to “What’s Next.” 

Shockproof Your Project: 2021 Green Building Festival
Tuesday, October 5
Join hundreds of green building colleagues for a full day of inspiring presentations from leading designers, architects, planners, builders and owners about innovative strategies to prepare resilient, shockproof projects.

Home Energy Loan Program: Webinar for contractors and homeowners
Tuesday, October 5, 12 pm
Join City staff at noon for a short, 20-minute webinar for contractors and homeowners. Learn about the low-interest loans the City offers to help Toronto homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their homes, as well as the new Canada Greener Homes Grant.

Nature x Carbon: Catalyzing Tools for Nature-based Climate Solutions
Tuesday, October 5, 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Learn how technology is being used to drive positive impact for nature, climate and people in this event from our Climate Ventures partner, WWF-Canada.

Climate Finance 101: Pensions, Investments, Banks and Indigenous Rights
Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 pm – 9:00pm
Learn about how financial institutions use our money to fund projects that too often violate the principle of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent, ignoring Indigenous rights and sovereignty. Importantly, find out how you can take control of your hard-earned money to fund a just, sustainable future.

Sustainability - it all depends on our cities
Wednesday, Oct 6,  noon
Offered by U of T School of the Environment

Evergreen Ravine Days
A family-friendly line-up of events includes guided bike rides, stewardship activities, performances and more! Includes:
Salmon Ravine Walk - Wednesday October 6, 5:30 pm– 7:00 pm
Ravine Stewardship - Thursday, October 7, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

See the full City of Toronto Ravine Days calendar - October 2-11

Progress Toronto 2021 Fall Training Series
City Council will be voting soon on inclusionary zoning and this is your opportunity to up your skills so you can learn how to speak at Committee and meet with your City Councillor in order to ensure as many affordable housing units are built as possible.

#2 Building Your Personal Narrative
Wednesday, October 6 - 5 pm ET (NEW RESCHEDULED DATE)

#3 How to Speak at a Government Committee
Thursday, October 14 - 6PM ET

#4 City Hall 101
Wednesday, October 27 - 7PM ET

#5 November City Council Online Watch Party & Discussion
Tuesday, November 9 - 9:30AM

Enspire Summit: Envisioning a Carbon-Zero Future
Saturdays, October 9-30
4 online panel discussion sessions with an audience made up of global industry elites, students, scholars, researchers, and policymakers. Each online session will last 2-3 hours, which will include social breakout discussions and Q&A.

Massey Is Missing COP26: Climate Action and Indigenous Issues
Tuesday, October 12th, 12-1 pm
Join a conversation on Climate Action and Indigenous Issues as part of the continuing series Massey is #MissingCOP26 with Chief Patrick Michell, Caitlin Kasper, and Junior Fellow Riley Yesno.

Watershed 2021
Friday, October 15 -  Monday, October 18
Join Watershed 2021, a digital convention to deepen the water justice movement in Ontario! With plenary sessions, special guests, workshops, working sessions, networking, on-demand content, and an Expo Area featuring digital booths from local organizations, we’ll come together to restore environmental protections for water security and help build the movement for water justice in Ontario.

Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS) and the Climate Crisis
Tuesday, October 19, 12:00 - 1:05 pm
Join municipal employees across Ontario and climate and energy experts from Shift Action to learn how you can help protect your pension and tackle the climate crisis. This is a free online workshop for working and retired members of OMERS. Learn about your pension fund’s approach to the financial risks of climate change and fossil fuel investments, and what it means for your retirement savings. For more information visit:

We Are Unstoppable! KAIROS 20 Youth Event
Sunday, October 24,  3:00 - 4:30 pm
Join this event to hear from young justice leaders, dig deeper into Indigenous, climate and migrant justice issues, and act together in real time to show how very unstoppable youth are. Participants will hear from several experienced, trailblazing young activists in Canada and the Global South who have partnered with KAIROS along the way. This is an incredible way to mark KAIROS’ 20th anniversary by discovering the issues these young activists are most passionate about and learning how we can all make a difference, in big and small ways, right now and as we look ahead into the future. The Youth Poster Contest  winners will be announced at the event. All art is welcome – poetry, painting, digital posters and more. Have you made your submission yet?

Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) Webinars
Join discussions that focus on building skills and networks for jobs and roles in the energy sector. WiRE events present a welcoming and casual opportunity to meet peers, share ideas and opportunities, and educate colleagues about projects and initiatives of interest to the group. There are events throughout October, featuring speakers from across Canada.

TRCA Offers Free Nature E-Learning Online Fall Activities
With titles including: "Saving Seeds", "Winterize Your Lawn and Garden", "All About Bats", "Invasive Species at Home", "Nocturnal Nature in your Neighbourhood" and more!

2021 EcoFair Toronto
Thursday November 4 to Sunday November 7h
With the slogan “The green new decade is underway!” the 2021 EcoFair Toronto will be a mix of webinars, movies, games, bike rides and more to inform and inspire greener and more sustainable choices in our communities and daily lives. As always, the EcoFair showcases awesome environmental non-profits and environmentally-friendly businesses to celebrate their success and inspire everyone to join them in taking action. Free, informative, family-friendly and fun! Hosted by Green Neighbours Network & Transition Toronto.

 Green News & Resources

HallowGreen™ Challenge
Random Acts of Green’s annual HallowGreen™ Challenge is designed to help educate the public on different things they can do during the month of October to make lifestyle s-witches for the planet. With your help, we can engage local and global communities to participate in climate action.

Home retrofit webinar with Toronto resident Mike Kurz: Recording now available
Did you miss the BetterHomesTO webinar with Toronto resident Mike Kurz sharing key learnings from his home retrofit? The webinar recording is now available. Learn how Mike lowered his energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, and made his home more comfortable and healthy by eliminating natural gas use in his home. Get inspired to take action on climate change at your home!

GROUNDWORK Webcast Series - Parts 1, 2 and 3
You can view recordings of all three webcasts in the Groundworks series: View other ClimateFast videos on their YouTube Channel.

CBC: If you're anxious about climate change, here are some ways to feel more empowered

NOW: A Better Approach to Saving Threatened Species
Weather Network: Just a single nation is on track to meet its climate targets, study says Gambia is the only country's plans rated as 1.5C compatible.Global emissions must be cut by 50 per cent before 2030.

Also: Climate Action Tracker: Canada's emissions reduction plans to 2030 are rated Highly Insufficient to meet the 1.5C Paris target, in a new global analysis ahead of #COP26 in November.

LEAF: How Planting Trees Benefits Lake Ontario Reducing stormwater runoff and more!

Zero Waste Events, News and Resources

Towards a North American Circular Economy for Electric Vehicle Batteries
Wednesday October 6, 12pm-2:30pm

The Issue of (Micro)plastics  
Wednesday, October 6, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, free online at ROM Connects, RSVP

Join Myra J. Hird - Queen's University Environmental Studies Professor; Royal Society of Canada elected Fellow; Waste Flow interdisciplinary research project Director; and, Canada's Waste Flows author - as she tackles the complicated issue of plastic waste, an issue that presses us to confront the environmental, political, economic, symbolic, and cultural dimensions of contemporary global society. Hird’s work addresses the health and environmental issues that (micro)plastics create, and how we might mitigate the profound waste legacy that will endure for an unknown number of future generations.

Circular Week 2021
Oct 11-17, 2021
Series of events promoting sustainable production and consumption.

Waste Reduction Trivia Night
Thursday, October 14, 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Celebrate the upcoming Waste Reduction Week by joining A Greener Future in their monthly Trivia Night! You will get to connect with others, learn some fun facts, and you could even win some great prizes!

Waste Reduction Week in Canada
October 18-24, 2021
Check out the 'Theme Days', 'Resources', taking the Food Waste Reduction Pledge, taking part in an online or in-person event listed, and/or registering your own event! Follow the City of Toronto, Toronto Environmental Alliance, and local Reduces waste groups  to hear what they each may announce between now and Waste Reduction Week!

A just transition towards circular cities – why people matter
Wednesday October 27, 2021, 7:00 am - 7:55am
Understanding and managing the social impacts of urban transitions towards a circular economy is central to making the transition inclusive and long-term, as well as ensuring that cities are viable and attractive environments for all residents. Local governments need to be supported in implementing circular urban pathways that are equitable and just.

Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through
Art exhibit on at the University of Toronto Art Centre - through November 20
Plus online dialogues on plastic pollution with special guest panels  - Wednesdays in October

This exhibition by Synthetic Collective links scientific and artistic methodologies to show how arts-based approaches to thinking and working can make viable contributions to environmental science and activism. Read this great review. Watch the exhibition teaser. Reserve your timed-entry tickets for the exhibit.

Free screening: Story of Plastic
Discovery has made the Emmy-nominated StoryofPlastic available for FREE on Youtube  and Vimeo until November 30. THE STORY OF PLASTIC presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it. From the extraction of fossil fuels and plastic disposal to the global resistance fighting back, THE STORY OF PLASTIC is a life-changing film depicting one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.

2022 Waste Collection Schedule and new Waste Management Guide
The City will not be producing and mailing the traditional Waste Management Calendar/Guide this year - residents are asked to keep an eye out for and hold onto: the 2022 Waste Collection Schedule and info enclosed in property tax bills; and, a separate condensed Waste Management Guide that will be mailed to single-family and multi-residential households by the end of 2021.   

Toronto Blue Bin Recycling Program Transition in 2023: update
Ontario’s Blue Box program is set to shift to a new system run by waste producers - starting with Toronto in 2023. Details of the transition have not been worked out yet. You can hear what the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) and Councillor Mike Layton each said about this in the recording from the Infrastructure and Environment Committee September 14, 2021, meeting as part of the ongoing work to prepare for the transition

Wired: Baby Poop Is Loaded With Microplastics, according to a new joint pilot study out from the U.S. and China. Microplastics researchers say you can limit children’s contact with particles.

CBC: Industrial plastic is spilling into Great Lakes, and no one's regulating it, experts warn

Zero Waste Resources
Repair Café Toronto
Free Geek Toronto
Toronto Tool Library

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

Hope, Knowledge, Plan: Global Permaculture Summit
October 15, 16 and 17
Rebel against extinction, with boots-on-the-ground strategies to heal the Earth, one plot of land at a time! Find out how permaculture can create food security, water security, and energy security, build community, and more – while reducing drought and flooding, restoring biodiversity, and sequestering carbon.

World Food Day Screening: Food for the Rest of Us
Saturday, Oct 16 2:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema                          
Watch this powerful documentary about how food activists are using new ways of farming and living to fight back against oppressive systems, and secure an alternative path to our culinary future. Part of the ticket proceeds will go to FoodShare Toronto, a non-profit organization challenging the barriers to food justice.

The Local: Three Black Farmers on Making it in the GTA

Food Resources
Annual Guide to Organics: Farmgate sales, Pick Your Own (PYO), Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s), and more: partial list
Community Fridges TO
Farmers Markets Ontario
Grow Food Toronto
Get GrowingToronto

Greenbelt Fresh
Not Far From the Tree (volunteer picks and harvest share from participants’ fruit bearing trees)
Toronto Food Policy Council (TFPC)
Toronto Little Free Pantries Project

Toronto Seed Exchange  
Toronto Seedy Saturday (webinar recordings, list of seed vendors, and more!)
Toronto Urban Growers (central events listing, news, resources, and more!)
Toronto Youth Food Policy Council (TYFPC)
City resources: Food banks, meal programs, meal delivery, and more

Active Transportation / Public Transit

CycleTO University-Rosedale October Meeting
Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30 pm in St. Albans Square
CycleTO University-Rosedale is a volunteer group focusing on cycling issues in Ward 11. We work to make cycling more accessible, safe and equitable. We are inspired to share the joy we find in cycling and are motivated by its practicality as a low-cost and low-carbon mode of transportation. If the weather is inclement, we will shift online to Google Meet.

ActiveTO Midtown Complete Street Pilot underway on Yonge St from Bloor to Davisville

Let’s bust the myth: a car-friendly neighborhood isn’t a child-friendly neighborhood

Calls for Donations and Volunteers

Volunteer with EcoFair Toronto!
Get behind the scenes of the EcoFair Toronto and volunteer with us! Be connected to environmental businesses and organisations, meet like-minded people, challenge yourself and learn something new. Roles include a tech lead, database management, newsletter editor and social media engagement member. Click here for some of the many volunteer opportunities at this year's EcoFair, and for instructions to apply.

Thanksgiving Food Bank Giving
With Thanksgiving around the corner on October 11, now is a great time to support organizations like the Fort York Food Bank. Food bank visits have increased over 50% since last year. Over 100,000 Torontonians access food banks each month.  Your donation will ensure our neighbours have access to the food they need. **Special note: FYFB’s front window was smashed in over the weekend.  Please donate if you can to help cover repair costs.**

Grants and Opportunities

City offers grants to support the creation of pollinator gardens
The City’s next round of PollinateTO Community Grants will open this fall! Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. A priority will be placed on funding projects in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. Community groups, not-for-profit organizations, school groups, parent councils and other resident-led groups are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted from September 27 to November 1, 2021. Gardens will be planted in 2022. More information about PollinateTO

Youth Climate Leadership Program starting this fall!
This program is for young people aged 19-25 in the GTHA who want to build skills and experience, grow their network and make an impact in their community. Participants will lead a climate action project with access to custom coaching and mentorship, funding opportunities, and a personal laptop.
The deadline to apply is October 10.

Free trees from the City of Toronto
The City plants about 120,000 trees and shrubs per year to help reach our goal of 40% canopy cover. You can request a free tree and see more native species you could plant.

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