Dear Green Neighbours
As Mother’s Day approaches, we can turn our minds to how we can celebrate Mother Earth. Take a look at some of the actions you can take in the lead up to the Ontario provincial election on June 2, including registering to vote. Check out some of the Canada Summer Jobs youth opportunities for green summer jobs. And be sure to stop by the Green 11 table at the Ward 11 Environment Day this Saturday, May 7, from 10 am-2 pm at Central Tech (at Sussex and Borden Streets)!
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
Friday, May 27, 4-6 p.m
Please join us at our next meeting, Friday, May 27, 4-6 p.m
. Contact Paul Overy at firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive log in info for the meeting and to suggest any items for the agenda.
Calls to Action
Hold the Ford government and Metrolinx accountable for Ontario Line construction
The Ontario Line was planned behind closed doors, without any community input. Friends of Small's Creek’s Parliamentary Petition asks the federal government to report on the province's level of compliance with federal funding conditions. It further says no funding should be awarded until these conditions have been met. The federal government must ensure the Ontario Line project undergoes a thorough environmental review and a meaningful engagement process. You can sign this petition today and share it with your friends.
Transparency on GMOs needed
In a new report, The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network argues that new proposals from Health Canada will eliminate transparency on GMOs in Canada. CBAN's new report discusses how unregulated GMOs will be secret GMOs. If the ministers allow these changes, the last remaining transparency on genetically modified organisms will be eliminated for the public, farmers and the government. You can contact your MP and the Ministers of Health and Agriculture to share your views - Find out how to take action here
If you need to register to vote — or require information on ways to vote — please visit Elections Ontario.
Emergency In Ontario: Rally For Climate, Communities And Nature
Saturday, May 14th, 1-3:30 pm
Queen’s Park, (south lawn), near College & University, Toronto
In the lead up to the provincial election, show your support for a flourishing, low-carbon Ontario that offers good green jobs, prioritizes our collective health, and respects Indigenous rights. Let’s come together and make it clear that we want a government that will take immediate action to bring down emissions, protect biodiversity, and build sustainable communities. You’ll also hear a range of inspiring speakers and performers! This is a family- friendly event.
Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign
The Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign (OCEC), which launched on April 27th, is a non-partisan campaign promoting awareness on the climate emergency and environmental issues in the lead up to the provincial election. Over 150 groups have signed-on to endorse the OCEC’s 12-point Climate Action Plan to harness our collective energy to achieve our critical climate targets for the future of Ontario. Visit the OCEC website to learn more about the campaign, find out how you and your organization can get involved and endorse the campaign, and access tools and resources to urge all candidates to pledge their commitment to urgent climate action to protect the future of Ontario and the health and well-being of Ontarians. Watch the video recording of the OCEC campaign launch here.
David Suzuki Foundation: Ontario Election: What to do from now till E-day
An all-party debate: Health and justice in a climate emergency
Recording of an April 19 event hosted by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
Ontario Non-profit Network Ontario Election 2022 page offers resources to help nonprofits engage in election advocacy and be inspired by examples of what organizations are doing across Ontario.
Election Issue guide from Green Prosperity, a collective of Ontario’s environmental organizations
Green Online Events and Webinars
Ward 11 Community Environment Day
Saturday, May 7, 10 am - 2 pm
Central Tech (Borden Street side, at Sussex Ave.)
Environment Days are back in person! Drop off your toxic trash and pick up fresh compost and more! Green 11 will be there to chat and find out your green priorities. Also, reps from HVRA’s Net Zero Committee will be on hand with info about their soon-to-be-announced bulk buys on induction stoves, e-bikes, and exterior insulation retrofits. More details about what you can drop off and pick up here
Hot Docs: Into the Weeds
Sat May 7 130pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox and Online streaming to May 4
Can Toronto Live in the Doughnut?
Thursday, May 19 | 4 pm - 6 pm
Discover a novel vision of what it means for humanity to thrive in the 21st century, through the Doughnut model and Doughnut Economics exploring the mindset and ways of thinking needed to get us there. Attendees will be able to add live comments to see how one of the key brainstorming tools works.
- Dr. Kate Raworth, creator of the Doughnut, will highlight key components of the approach from a global perspective.
- Mike Layton will share insights in the application of this model in the Toronto region.
Green News & Resources
For Our Kids: Give a gift of Climate Action to a Mom you love
Show your love for the mothers in your life, and for our Mother Earth, by taking climate action.- Take a pledge of climate action as a Mother’s Day gift - you can read all about how it works here.
Evergreen: Regenerative Landscapes take root this spring
National Observer: 'It's for our survival' — Indigenous women lead conservation efforts in Canada
Blog TO: A street in Toronto is replacing parking with a natural playground installation
Blog TO: Toronto has a fancy new sidewalk that filters water and sustains plants
Waterfront Toronto: Waterfront Toronto is testing more sustainable materials and bioretention planting through the Lake Shore Boulevard East Sidewalk Pilot Project.
Learn more about Green Streets and GreenforceTO
Zero Waste Events, News and Resources
Circular City Week New York
May 2 - 8
Hot Docs: Scrap
Online streaming May 2 -7
Also check out Scrapdoc.ca for more info and actions you can take!
World Food Summit: Transforming Global Food Systems to Combat Climate Change
WEAR:Impact with Intention
WEAR is Canada’s premier forum hosted by Fashion Takes Action, that aims to inspire and accelerate sustainability within the global fashion industry. This year’s theme, Impact with Intention, recognizes that it’s not enough to simply set a goal. Intention provides us with purpose, inspiration and motivation to achieve measurable impact.
Sustainable Fashion for a Greener World
Wednesday, May 25
ROM’s Nora E. Vaughan Senior Curator Alexandra Palmer hosts Sarah Jay for an engaging and timely exploration of her efforts to encourage both industry and consumers to shift lifestyle behaviours to live and look better, and to protect the future of our planet Earth.
Love Your Lakes is Back!
Come out to a cleanup and help protect the lakes we know and love. Each year Love Your Lakes embarks on an adventure along the shores of Lake Ontario, completing 100 litter cleanups along the way. They will be hosting in-person public cleanups throughout the months of May, June, and July in 2022, including:
Check out the cleanup schedule here
- Shoreline cleanups
- Nurdle hunts
- Water testing demonstrations with Swim Drink Fish
- SUP cleanups with Lake Surfistas
- Camping trips
Plastic Pollution Coalition Webinar recording: The Power of Service: Moving from Anxiety to Action for the Planet
The Verge: California takes on Big Plastic over recycling myths
Map & directory of low waste shops & initiatives @ Let's Go Zero Waste
You can check it out to find & become familiar with your local indie sources that act also as alternatives to Amazon, big box stores, chain cafes & restaurants, and waste
More zero waste related news and events across Toronto
Urban Agriculture Events, News and Resources
Not Far From the Tree: Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway
Saturday, May 7th, 8 am to 1 pm
If you’re a current fruit tree owner or a Torontonian who has the space and time to take on growing and caring for a native tree, Not Far From the Tree will be hosting a FREE Native tree and shrubs giveaway on Saturday May 7th from 8 am to 1 pm during Evergreen’s Saturday Farmers’ Market!
Curious Minds: (In)Security: Building Food Sustainability in Crisis
A free online discussion about emergency food relief in Canada and beyond with Paul Taylor, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, and Chef Jagger Gordon, Executive Chef and CEO of Feed It Forward, moderated by Pratishtha Kohli. The video will be available on the Hot Docs website until May 8.
Hot Docs film: We Feed People
Includes a discussion with the subject of the film, José Andrés, who founded World Central Kitchen to bring meals to people in crisis. Hear how his career led him to this mission, what he’s learned about humanity and why his organization has become an essential global force in the disaster relief sector. With guest host Matt Galloway, host of CBC Radio’s The Current. Online streaming until May 7
Year of the Ecological Garden
Tuesdays at 3:00pm
Society of Organic Urban Landcare (SOUL)'s year-long series promoting ecological land care and sharing the expertise of SOUL members. Recordings are sent to registrants and past recordings are posted later here
Food Security & Climate Resiliency May 2022 weekly Speaker Series
organized by Rethink Sustainability Initiatives (RSI), a nonprofit org based out of Oakville.
International Compost Awareness Week 2022
May 1 - 7
Urban Farm Information Survey - Participants Needed!
Toronto Urban Growers, Greenest City, Toronto Metropolitan University and Seneca College have partnered to recruit urban agriculture enthusiasts, growers and business people to understand what is important to the community in hopes that findings will guide the creation of standardized and easy-to-understand training programs for other urban populations in Canada. If you would like to participate in this study, please click here to access the letter of information, consent form, and survey.
‘No Mow May’
Random Acts of Green invites you to relax and let the grass grow a little while longer. Let the first flowers of spring fully emerge to support the pollinators who are recently awakening from hibernation.
Homestead TO: GARDENING TO DO LIST FOR MAY
Avoid prohibited plants
Want to BEE a good neighbour? Learn about the do's and don'ts for your lawn and how to grow pollinator-friendly gardens! Avoid prohibited plants that can pose a threat to human health or natural areas and cut grass regularly. Delight neighbours with your garden but don’t block sidewalks or driver and pedestrian views. Learn more about the City’s updated Grass and Weeds Bylaw and the new Turfgrass and Prohibited Plants Bylaw at toronto.ca/GrassAndGardens.
Second Harvest: Wasted Opportunity: Rescuing Surplus Food in a Throwaway Culture
CBC: Why some homeowners are sharing their yards with gardeners and farmers
For info on how to start, grow and save seeds:
Toronto Seedy Saturday resources
Active seed exchange locations across Toronto + 2022 webinar recordings, native seed nursery vendors & other amazing exhibitors posted online & more
Toronto Seed Library
Branch locations across Toronto that are active & stocked .
The Toronto Seed Library branch in Ward 11 open to the public is the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library, on College at Huron St..
Toronto Urban Growers
Seeds of Diversity Canada
Second Harvest: Food donation and consumption guide aka "Best Before Date Timetable"
Toronto Food Resources
Active Transportation / Public Transit
Virtual Community Consultation Meeting: Bloor Street improvements from Spadina Ave to Avenue Rd
Thursday, May 5, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
The City of Toronto is inviting residents to learn more about infrastructure and road safety improvements planned for Bloor Street West from Avenue Road to Spadina Avenue. The improvements will enhance safety for people walking, cycling and driving. Construction is expected to start in 2023. Planned improvements include:
- Road improvements (including reconstruction)
- Sidewalk improvements & TTC accessibility upgrades
- Permanent raised, separated cycle tracks
- Protected intersection at Bloor Street West and St. George Street
- Green infrastructure enhancements on Bloor Street West
From Walk Toronto:
Pedestrian Loop Trails in the downtown core
City Planner Al Rezoski gave a presentation to Walk Toronto about short, looped walks in the downtown core that are being created to provide citizens with fresh air walking breaks and community inspiration. Marked by wayfinding boulders or painted lines, the loops will connect parkettes and other interesting neighbourhood features. Have a look at the plan for the Bay-Cloverhill, McGill-Granby, Church-Wellesley neighbourhoods.
Similar proposed “green” loops are being developed for the Rosedale neighbourhood (linking green space in the Rosedale Valley with Ramsden Park and other parkettes near the railroad line) and for a "Relic Park" connecting Grange Park, the AGO, and Campbell House that will include salvaged architectural stone work.
Cycle Toronto: First Batch of 2022 Bikeways and the Yonge street pilot gets extended until 2023!
Bikeshare’s Free Ride Wednesdays are Back!
Get riding for FREE every Wednesday in May, thanks to CAA! (Available to all, whether or not you're a CAA Member.) Take advantage of $0 One Day Passes to enjoy unlimited 30-minute, station-to-station trips for 24 consecutive hours.
Bike Month: Bike to Work Group Commute
Monday, May 30
Start time: 7:00-7:45 AM (varies depending on start point)
Arrival at Nathan Phillips Square: ~8:00 AM
As part of Ride A Bike Day, Cycle Toronto is excited to announce the return of the Bike to Work Group Commute in partnership with the City of Toronto. This free guided group ride will take riders from three official meet-up points to Nathan Phillips Square for a post-ride celebration featuring a small market of local vendors and the proclamation of Bike Month 2022. The ride is going to be slightly different than in past years, so head over to our brand new BikeMonth.ca website to check out all the details.
BikeChain at UofT
Cycle Toronto - University-Rosedale
Grants and Opportunities
Local Summer Positions for Youth
Led by Green Neighbours Network of Toronto (GNN), Green 13, PHP4 Climate Action and several other green groups in the city, have been working on designing and delivering a community engagement project planned for this summer.
They are seeking friendly, energetic individuals, passionate about environmental sustainability who will conduct research and raise public awareness about the means and benefits of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at home and on the move.
The role involves interacting directly with the public at events, on the street, and door-to-door. For these eight-week Canada Summer Jobs positions, you must be between 15 and 30 years of age. Multiple positions are available. One or two people will be working in Parkdale-High Park / Ward 4, mentored and supervised by Green 13 and PHP4CA volunteers. For more details and how to apply, click here.
Youth opportunity: Canada Student Summer Job Placement with the HVRA Net-Zero Committee
The HVRA Net-Zero Committee has applied for and has received funding from the Canada Summer Jobs Program for two positions.
We are seeking friendly, energetic individuals, passionate about environmental sustainability who will conduct research and raise public awareness about the means and benefits of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at home and on the move. The individuals we seek will be organized, outgoing, detail-oriented, and reliable team players, as well as keen to take initiative and work independently. The role involves interacting directly with the public at events, on the street, and door-to-door as well as helping prepare and distribute promotional materials and social media content to publicize key messages.
Successful candidates will receive a week’s training and orientation sessions (paid) and will learn how to record data using an app on a cell phone or tablet. They will learn how to prepare reports using text, spreadsheets, graphs and maps.
The work is 35 hrs/wk for 8 weeks starting June 6, 2022 at $15/h with a $2/hr bonus if you complete the contract. For these Canada Summer Jobs positions, you must be aged between 15 and 30 years. You do not need to be a student. You must be legally entitled to work in Canada. International students are not eligible. You must be able to work a flexible schedule that includes some evening and weekend hours.
Who should apply
All qualified candidates are invited to apply. Living locally in University-Rosedale is an asset. HVRA is an equal opportunity organization that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment. We welcome and encourage applications from members of equity-seeking groups, including but not limited to candidates who are racialized, indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and newcomers. Accessibility accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Please send your resume and a cover letter describing why you are interested in this position to email@example.com with ‘Summer Job’ in the subject line. While HVRA thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for an interview. Application deadline: May 9, 2022.
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