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Dear Green Neighbours

COP26 has wrapped up, with mixed results.  Countries are no longer shying away from discussing climate change and a review of commitments will take place each year instead of every five.  However, timelines are still very long and many commitments fall short.  Regardless of what our national leaders promise, though, the most effective action comes on the ground in your community and city. Let's find ways to work together to make change!

Be sure to check out our new Green Profile feature: this week we highlight HVRA's NetZero Project.

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, November 26, 4-6 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Floyd Ruskin from Don't Mess With The Don

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

Stop companies from drilling in Grassy Narrows' territory
Without consulting or even notifying the First Nation, Ontario granted eight drilling permits to three different companies in Grassy Narrows' territory. More logging is on the table too. Help stop three more companies that are threatening Grassy Narrows’ way of life. Tell Minister Rickford to immediately cancel these permits, and permanently withdraw mining and logging from Grassy Narrows Territory. You can sign the letter to the Premier and Minister Rickford here or here.

Why hasn’t the federal government banned plastics already?
In October of 2020, Canada committed to finalizing regulations that would ban harmful single-use plastics by the end of 2021, but that still hasn’t happened. And every day without meaningful action means that upwards of 8,900 tonnes of Canada’s plastic trash is piling up in landfills, burning in incinerators, and polluting our oceans and environment. Oceana Canada is calling on  the government to expand the ban list and fulfill their commitment to ban harmful single-use plastics  - you can sign the letter here.

Take Action against Hunger
Hunger is a direct result of poverty. With the provincial election fast approaching, you can help the Daily Bread Food Bank advocate for change by sending an email directly to Ontario’s party leaders asking them to commit to bolder action to reduce poverty in your community.

Support Toronto Getting to Net Zero
Toronto’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy - which will outline a pathway to achieve net zero emissions in Toronto - will be considered by the City of Toronto’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) Thursday December 2, 2021.  If you are interested in following the progress of this or making a deputation to IEC, the agenda will be available online Thursday November 25, 2021. Deputations can be made in writing, or by registering in advance to speak virtually to IEC. To learn more  visit To take part in ClimateFast’s deputation prep and councillor lobby, please email so you can let your councillor know that their constituents want the City to take action to reduce emissions.

 Green Profile
The Harbord Village Residents Association formed a NetZero Committee in 2020, led by Tim Grant.  With changes coming to the neighbourhood in how residents get around, how they heat their homes, and how buildings are constructed, the group saw an opportunity to be proactive in managing these changes, to make a contribution to the effort, and to serve as a model for other communities.

“HVRA is one of the greenest areas of the GTA but we need to do more and be active participants,” explains committee member Matt Hoffmann. “We have two goals: developing and sharing knowledge; and building partnerships with stakeholders such as TransformTO and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF).”  

Two areas the NZ committee is focusing on include electric vehicles and home retrofits. The NZ committee has considered how to make changes affordable for residents, through information gathering, bulk buying, partnerships with vendors, and building relationships.

In 2021 they undertook a neighbourhood survey funded by TAF that garnered over 400 responses. Results are still being analyzed but so far it’s clear that people are very interested and are looking for information and financial incentives.

Planned EV projects include neighbourhood charging stations and e-bike promotion, like the very successful e-bike fair held in September 2021.

For retrofits, financial incentives are important; there are lots of opportunities for pilot projects and bulk-buying. The main focus will be on filling the knowledge gap, through webinars, energy audit support, and retro-information kits. There is a webinar on heat pumps coming up on Tuesday, November 23, open to all. A recording will be available afterwards.

You can watch Matt’s recent NetZero presentation at HVRA’s AGM in October 2021 here and find more information about the NZ project here

 Green Online Events and Webinars

Rally for the Valley
Sunday November 21, 2021 (Cleanup starts at 9:30am and the Rally begins at 12:30pm)
Flat area just north of St. Matthews Clubhouse (450 Broadview Ave at Langley)
Come meet the Don't Mess With the Don team, along with other community, conservation and environmental groups (including University of Toronto Trash Team, and more), at one of Toronto’s favourite rivers! Get information on their programs, plastic pollution and even a few research samples from the Don!

The ABCs of Heat Pumps: A Great Way to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Tuesday, November 23, 7:00 PM
Wondering how you can help fight climate change at a household level? Come explore heat pumps with HVRA's Net Zero Committee. Air source heat pumps (ASHP) can replace both your furnace and air conditioner while reducing carbon emissions by 60%.  As an added bonus, the federal government now provides a $5000 grant to make them competitive with high efficiency gas furnaces,  For those with newish gas furnaces, a small ASHP can be used to provide heat in all but the coldest weather, thus extending the life of your gas furnace. 

Climate litigation with Dr. Dianne Saxe
Wednesday, November 24 | 12 pm - 2 pm
As climate damage accelerates and is an increasingly visible threat to people alive today, as alternatives to fossil fuels multiply, and as the moral culpability of fossil fuel companies becomes established, courts around the world are more willing to hear climate litigation cases and to issue orders requiring significant action. Join environmental lawyer Dr. Dianne Saxe for a lightning tour of some key global climate court cases. Presented by U of T School of the Environment.

From Awareness to Action: An Evening of Collective Action
Wednesday, November 24, 7:00 PM
Change often starts in communities. Join this Suzuki Foundation conversation with community leaders and community-led movements building a better Ontario.

From Crisis To Resilience: A City's Call To Action
Thursday, November 25, 12:30 PM
With the release of Who’s Hungry 2021, Daily Bread Food Bank and North York Harvest invite you to join us for a webinar panel discussion on the impacts of the pandemic and the ongoing stressors exacerbating poverty and food insecurity in our city.

Under pressure: the future of Ontario’s Greenbelt
November 25, 2021: 6 pm on Zoom
Doug Ford’s government is working to fast-track development — and concerns are building about what that could mean for the Greenbelt, a vast protected area in Southern Ontario. Join The Narwhal for a live Zoom event as we examine whether it’s possible to grow the region’s population while mitigating climate change, and what policies are needed to ensure a healthy future for farmland and waterways.

The Business Case for Community Based Water Monitoring
Monday, November 29, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
This method of environmental monitoring is a cost-effective way for Canadian and Indigenous communities to express interest and take ownership by making data-informed decisions about their water resources.

Net Zero Emissions and Canada: What you can do!
November 30, 2021, 6:00 pm ET
Sponsored by Sustainability Consultant Network (SCN).

Our Fragile Planet events series (Toronto Public Library)
Upcoming events in the Our Fragile Planet series organized by Toronto Public Library include:
  • Toronto Ravines: Intersections of Race, Access & Engagement - November 24

TRCA Offers Free Nature E-Learning Online Fall Activities
With titles including:
  • Rain to Runoff: A stormwater story - November 23
  • Life of a Tree - November 30

 Green News & Resources

University of Toronto commits to full divestment
On October 27th, the University of Toronto announced a commitment to full divestment of fossil fuel investments, with a deadline of 12 months to withdraw direct investments and a deadline of 2030 to fully pull out of the fossil fuel industry. This announcement will create pressure on other universities to follow their lead. This follows a 7 year campaign by U of T students, alumni, and allies. Find out how you can take similar action at Shift Action and Climate Pledge.

Rebecca Solnit: Ten ways to confront the climate crisis without losing hope

Work starts on world’s largest raw wastewater energy transfer project
Located at Toronto Western Hospital, this retrofit project will provide about 90 per cent of the hospital’s heating and cooling requirements.

Globe & Mail: ROM’s first-ever climate curator wants to move ‘away from the doomsday aspects of climate change’
ROM’s inaugural climate curator, Soren Brothers, has a clear mandate: Ensure the museum’s programming gives the climate crisis the attention it deserves

Washington Post: Ithaca, New York votes to decarbonize every building in climate change fight

Chatelaine: How To Heat Your Home In Canada Without Fueling Climate Change

CBC: Mark Carney on the financial world’s responsibility to help reach net-zero

Conscient: e79 manifesto: Accelerating Climate Action through the Power of Arts, Culture and Heritage - recording

Evergreen: How Building Smarter Today Can Help the Housing Supply Crisis Tomorrow
Energy efficiency and investing in retrofits are essential to building housing that lasts.

Zero Waste Events, News and Resources

Tagging Trash in the Toronto Harbour
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Floating litter… where does it go? How does it end up on our local beaches, slips and docks? Why does it accumulate in certain areas and not others? As part of their Fighting Floatables Initiative, the Tagging Trash Project aims to answer these questions: join the University of Toronto Trash Team and collaborators to learn more about the Tagging Trash project, including results of these special GPS-tracked bottles!

Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through
Art exhibit on at the University of Toronto Art Centre - through November 20

Free screening: Story of Plastic
Discovery has made the Emmy-nominated StoryofPlastic available for FREE on Youtube  and Vimeo until November 30.

Buy Nothing Day
Friday, November 26
Your Non-Shopping Shopping List: Buy Nothing and Still Get What You Need

Buy Nothing Project

Plate Share is back!
Started in the Annex, this partyware sharing organization is once again helping folks make their gatherings green!

Environmental groups enter legal fight over regulation of plastics pollution
Industry opposition to regulating plastics is out of step with science and public opinion. Ecojustice, acting on behalf of Oceana Canada and Environmental Defence, will make arguments defending the government’s efforts to combat the growing plastics crisis. See also Environmental Defence: See you in court big plastic

Fighting Plastic Pollution in Lake Ontario
October 30 livestream recording available

ROM Connects: The Issue of (Micro)plastics
October 6 livestream recording available

Habitat threshold: A Timely Collection of Eco-Poetry
One fish, Two fish, Plastics, Dead fish” by award-winning poet Craig Santos Perez, Ph.D., was recently featured by Poetry in Voice. "Age of Plastic" and “Halloween in the Anthropocene” are two more poems that Mr. Perez has shared on his account on Twitter.

Waste Disposal info:
City of Toronto Update regarding special COVID-19 waste disposal instructions
As a precaution in response to COVID-19, the City had asked that all tissues, napkins, paper towels and feminine hygiene products be disposed of in the garbage. This is no longer necessary and these items can once again be put in the Green Bin.

Proper battery disposal
As you think about checking the batteries in your smoke alarm, flashlights and other devices, remember that used batteries never go in the Garbage Bin or Blue Bin. To properly dispose of used batteries, bring them to one of the City’s Drop-Off Depots that accept household hazardous waste. To safely store used batteries, place them in their original packaging or cover the positive terminal with clear packing tape, duct tape or electrical tape and place them in a clear plastic bag.

Toronto Water 'Not Down the Drain' campaign
Flushing or pouring the wrong items down toilets or drains such as fat, oil, grease, wipes and dental floss can damage not only home plumbing, but can also cause blockages in City sewer pipes which could lead to basement flooding. It can also damage or block wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations, and can harm the environment and aquatic life in lakes, local streams and rivers.

Know before you throw
Unsure of how to properly dispose of an item? Find out what waste items go where with the Waste Wizard, an easy-to-use search tool with information on how to properly dispose of over 2,000 items.

Zero Waste Resources consider joining (or starting!) your local neighbourhood or ward-based Reduces waste group of residents volunteering together to help reduce waste in your community!
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

Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market (Winter Edition)
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (starting Saturday November 20, 2021)
The Saturday Farmers Market moves indoors for the Winter season! You can find your favourite vendor booths all cozied up indoors in the Young Welcome Centre and BMO Atrium. Behind the scenes, many of the farm vendors have shifted their energy indoors as well - to their greenhouses!

Parkdale’s Good Food Market returns!
Thursdays, 3:00-6:00pm (starting Thursday November 18, 2021)
Masaryk Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Ave)
Hosted by Greenest City

Paul Taylor: COP26 exposes climate crisis link to food insecurity
This holiday season, the most generous thing you can do is not to donate cans from your pantry or write a cheque to your local food bank

Daily Bread Food Bank: Who’s Hungry 2021
Why poverty and food insecurity are on the rise in Toronto

Ward 11 Food Resources

Active Transportation / Public Transit

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - Memorial Walk
Sunday, November 21, 4:45PM
Starts at Ramsden Park (across the street from Rosedale Station)
Friends and Families for Safe Streets will be leading a candlelight memorial walk highlighting victims of Toronto’s roads. This year, the walk will take place on Avenue Road, which has been the site of many injuries and deaths including, very recently, Miguel Joshua Escanan.

CycleTO University-Rosedale: Ward Advocacy Meeting
Tuesday, December 7, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

VisionZero Network:
Re-thinking the Role of Enforcement in Traffic Safety Work: City to City
Re-thinking the Role of Enforcement in Traffic Safety Work: Our Role Within Vision Zero

Guardian: The hidden climate costs of America’s free parking spaces

Grants and Opportunities

Women4ClimateTO Mentorship Programme
The City’s Women4ClimateTO Mentorship Programme empowers and supports women working on innovative projects to help address the climate emergency. As a participant, you will receive mentoring, training and networking opportunities to help you take your project or business start-up to the next level. Following the mentorship program, the City and its partners will host a pitch competition with the chance to win cash awards and other supports to help you further advance your project. Applications will be accepted until Sunday November 28, 2021.

Jane Goodall Institute: Roots & Shoots - A.P.E. Fund community grants ($1K)
Tuesday November 30, 2021 deadline to apply

Giving Tuesday
Tuesday November 30, 2021
Also: Toronto Gives

TRCA: Private Land Planting Program
Wednesday December 1, 2021 annual deadline to apply for up to 90% off trees

Tree Canada: Community Tree Grants
Monday December 6, 2021 deadline to apply -
Edible Trees program - up to $3,500 per project
Greening Canada's School Grounds - up to $3,500 per project
Treemendous Communities program - up to $10K per project

Ontario Trillium Foundation: Resilient Communities Fund ($5K to $150K)
Friday December 10, 2021 deadline to apply

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