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Dear Green Neighbours

This shorter eblast is a mini update of some important events going on this week and beyond.

COP 26 is underway in Glasgow, with thousands of delegates from over 100 countries determining the parameters for achieving net zero carbon emissions.  While the discussions may feel high level and far away, there is lots to do right here in Toronto to support Canada’s role (and demand better!), including rallies and webinars. Read on below!

Toronto’s own EcoFair also begins this week - check out the activities and be inspired!

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.
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

Ontario is nowhere to be found at Glasgow climate summit
Ontario’s plans to continue building highways, increase urban sprawl, and ramp up fossil fuel-fired electricity generation will increase greenhouse gas emissions. Ontario needs a real climate change strategy before the rest of the world realizes just how badly the province is doing. Sign the petition for a renewably powered Ontario.

Reuse needs to be at the core of Toronto’s strategy
Toronto's Single Use & Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy Phase 2 is being developed now: consider sending a message to your City councillor and Mayor Tory asking them to take bold action. You can learn more about Phase 1 at

 Green Events and Webinars

Our Zero Carbon Future: Making the Transition Just
Wednesday November 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Part 2 of a 3-part series organized by Corporate Knights in partnership with the German and French Embassies in Canada

Indigenous Legacy Gathering 2021
Thursday November 4, 2021, 6:00 a.m. - Friday November 5, 2021, 9:00 p.m.
Nathan Phillips Square
Join Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre for the 4th Annual Indigenous Legacy Gathering to honour Residential School Survivors and their families from this region, in addition to celebrating the diversity of our Nations. The two-day gathering will feature Indigenous songs, stories, language, food, performance, installations and demonstrations for all ages.

2021 EcoFair Toronto
Thursday, November 4 to Sunday, November 7
The 13th annual EcoFair (Thursday November 4 - Sunday November 7) is free, informative, family-friendly and fun! Register HERE for online eco-webinars, plastics films, games, workshops, and exhibitor booths showcasing non-profits and businesses. Register HERE for the in-life EcoTour bike ride. Visit the website for details on all EcoFair events. Learn about solutions, celebrate progress, promote change, and be inspired to take action in our own lives. A more sustainable future awaits!
Co-hosted by Green Neighbours Network of Toronto and Transition Toronto.
  • Don’t miss the EcoFair Launch Webinar Nov 4
  • Enjoy a fun online Eco-Games Night on Nov 5
  • Hop on your bike for the Eco-Humber Bike Tour on Nov 6
  • See exhibitor Facebook livestreams and watch and discuss Eco-Films Nov 4-7
  • Meet Eco-Exhibitors and learn more in interactive Workshops Nov 4-7
Candles for COP 26
Thursday, November 4, 7 pm
Spadina and Bloor

ClimateFast is leading a candlelight vigil on Thursday night.  Everyone is invited to come and send a message to COP 26:
  1. Let's keep our commitment to keeping temperature rise to 1.5 degrees
  2. Call on our government to commit to no new fossil fuel infrastructure, an end to fossil fuel subsidies, and a just transition
  3. Call on our government to join a global alliance, Beyond OIl and Gas Alliance

Rally for Climate Justice Now! Real Action @ COP 26
Saturday, November 6th: 1:00 p.m.
Queen's Park
Here in Toronto, a newly formed coalition of labour, climate and social justice groups has been organizing to hold an action around more Canada-specific demands:
  • Respect Indigenous sovereignty
  • Phase out fossil fuels
  • Just transition for communities and workers
  • Global Justice
This action has been endorsed by the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Steelworkers Toronto Area Council, Labour Education Centre, Greenpeace, Council of Canadians, United Steelworkers Local 1998, with endorsements pending from Fridays for Future Toronto and Toronto Climate Action Network.
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Canada’s Climate Record: Broken Promises, Bright Future?
Sunday, November 7, 4:30 pm
This one-hour webcast assembles six experts to reflect on Canada’s climate record and future performance in the context of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. In brief segments of 5-10 minutes, our experts answer these key questions:
· What is COP?
· How adequate is the Liberal government’s climate strategy?
· What is the history of Canada’s broken climate promises?
· What are the challenges, in light of the IPCC’s projections on emissions?
· What is being achieved in Glasgow?
· What can we do to promote a livable future?
Sponsored by Science for Peace.

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.

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

ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate
Tuesday, November 9 to Sunday, November 14 with on-demand access until Nov. 30.
Water Docs Film Festival turns 10 this year - For this year's festival, they are joining forces with over a dozen other notable Canadian film festivals and environmental organizations to voice the growing concern over the climate crisis and promote environmental awareness and climate action through film.

Regeneration: Ending the climate crisis in one generation --
In Conversation with Paul Hawken
Sunday, November 14, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

An engaging discussion with noted environmentalist, entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken, creator of Project DRAWDOWN and founder of the important new Regeneration initiative.  Presented in part  by Drawdown Toronto as part of the Water Docs ReSurge festival.

2021 Harold Innis Lecture with David Miller: While Nations Talk, Cities Act
Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

David Miller, Director of International Diplomacy and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action at C40 Cities and former Mayor of Toronto, will discuss the leadership role cities are playing in response to urgent environmental issues and offer his immediate, first-hand account of COP26 in Glasgow.

 Green News & Resources

Resources for COP26
ClimateFast Information and articles about COP26

For an excellent overview of COP26 view this presentation by Caroline Taylor of Ryerson Life Institute.

Here are a few Guardian articles about COP26 that might be of interest:

CBC: Toronto environmentalists demand action as UN climate conference begins

COP26 Backdoor: Daily live broadcasts from COP26 in Glasgow, and from hubs in Stockholm, Helsinki, Washington DC and Nairobi. November 1-12
Indigenous Climate Action: COP26 Press Release
“Our identities as Indigenous peoples are inextricably tied to the lands, waters, and ecosystems we come from. As the climate crisis continues to worsen, our communities are experiencing increasingly dramatic changes that disrupt our life ways and our rights, despite the fact we are least responsible for it.”

Celebrate World Vegan Day
World Vegan Day is celebrated on November 1st every year by many nations around the world to encourage a plant-based diet and to encourage people to understand why veganism is important. The more that the global population adopts a vegan diet, the more sustainable our food system becomes. Studies show that adopting a vegan diet can cut agricultural greenhouse gases in half. This is a great opportunity to try out a new vegan restaurant or dish!

Zero Waste Events, News and Resources

Fix It, Don't Trash It! Common Appliance Repairs You Can Do
Tuesday November 2, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
part of the "Our Fragile Planet" series on at Toronto Public Library

International Indigenous Roundtable:  From Linearity to Circularity - An Indigenous Perspective on the Emerging Circular Economy
Wednesday November 10, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Global Centre of Indigenomics. Focusing on knowledge development, indigenous leadership, and inclusion.
Also: An official World Circular Economy Forum Side Event

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

Urban Agriculture Events, News and Resources

Food Banks and Charity as a False Response to Hunger in Wealthy but Unequal Countries
A must read, co-authored by jade guthrie of FoodShare Toronto

Active Transportation / Public Transit

CycleTO University-Rosedale Ward Advocacy Group November Meeting
**Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30 pm online*** Note new date
CycleTO University-Rosedale is a volunteer group focusing on cycling issues in Ward 11 that works to make cycling more accessible, safe and equitable. Meet online at Google Meet.

Call for Volunteers and Donations

Join Free Geek Toronto's Digital Strategist Team!
Volunteer Information Sessions: Wednesday, November 17th or 24th, 6:00 p.m.

Grants and Opportunities

WWF Go Wild School grants
Monday November 8 deadline to apply:primary and secondary schools ($500); and post-secondary schools ($1K)

PollinateTO grant
Application deadline extended to Friday November 19

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