Dear Green Neighbours
Happy New Year!
The end of 2021 saw Toronto City Council pass a number of important motions, several of which address the climate crisis - most notably the TransformTO Net Zero by 2040 Strategy. Read the articles linked below for more details and celebrate this win! Of course, maintaining pressure to ensure these do not remain empty promises will be the work ahead. Here’s to a green and fruitful 2022!
Haiku by Helen Ogden
against all odds
I plant seedlings
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, January 28, 4-6 p.m.
Please join us at our next meeting. We will have a guest speaker from Bikechain. Contact Paul Overy at email@example.com to receive log in info for the meeting and to suggest any items for the agenda. FYI Going forward, meetings will take place on the fourth Friday of each month.
U of T Trash Team
Green 11 was excited to host the U of T Trash Team as guest speakers at one of its meetings in 2021! The U of T Trash Team is a science-based community outreach group made up of undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, researchers, local volunteers and staff all working together with a common goal to increase waste literacy in our community while reducing plastic pollution in our ecosystems. They were founded in 2017 in collaboration with the Rochman Lab, part of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. Their local projects use research to inform policy and management, and education and community outreach to increase waste literacy, engage the public and implement effective solutions.
Looking to stay up to date on their work? Sign up for their newsletter and register to take part in their upcoming Home Waste Audit (beginning on Tuesday January 18 - details below). Educators can also sign up for a classroom visit from the team - details below.
Calls to Action
Raise Your Voice on Canada’s Climate Plan
Consultation until January 14
ClimateFast Workshop - January 10, 7 pm
Thanks to the implementation of Bill C 12, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change must establish Canada’s plan to achieve its 2030 Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction target. Before that, he must hold public consultations about what should be in the plan. Those consultations are occurring right now! And they are focused on hearing Canadian citizens like all of us. The next four days are crucial for you to have your say about Canada's climate plan.
Help Toronto save its green spaces from destruction by Metrolinx
Metrolinx has plans to destroy an ecologically sensitive & socially significant ravine ecosystem in Smalls Creek & Williamson Ravine —with nearly 300 trees slated for removal starting at the end of January! Clear cutting of the trees in the ravines will start in a matter of weeks, including some that are over 100 years old, to be replaced by a permanent concrete wall up to 10ft tall and over 400ft long, without any real public input or consideration for the effects of this devastation on the neighbouring community. Help send a message to Metrolinx that they cannot ignore the communities in which they operate.You can sign the petition here. Learn more at www.smallscreek.ca
Call on all federal parties to cooperate on climate action
Canada’s climate targets are still critically insufficient. We are the only G7 country whose emissions have increased since the Paris Agreement was signed. Currently, we have the third-highest greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the world. We also have the third-largest known oil reserves and we’re the world’s fourth-largest oil exporter. We therefore have the ability to do a lot of damage but also the opportunity to make big, positive change. You can read more about what Canada needs to do and sign the David Suzuki petition for action.
Say no to a mega-highway through the Greenbelt
If Highway 413 goes ahead, it will rip through some of southern Ontario’s last remaining countryside, cutting down forests and threatening precious farmland and species at risk. It will destroy wetlands and pave 8.8 million square metres of ground. And it will divert billions of dollars from transit solutions, like electric buses and light rail, that could address the climate emergency. But Highway 413 can still be stopped, if the federal government says No! Tell Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change you oppose Highway 413 — while there’s still time. You can sign the David Suzuki Foundation petition here and send the Environmental Defence letter here.
Tell Ontario: Withdraw all mining and logging from Grassy Narrows Territory now!
Ontario has broken their own rules and granted 8 mining permits to 3 companies on Grassy Narrows Territory without even notifying the community. At the same time, Ontario is starting to plan renewed industrial logging on Grassy Narrows land. These violations would compound the harm that mercury, clearcut logging, hydro dams and residential schools have already done to Grassy Narrows lives, lands, and way of life. Grassy Narrows is fighting back. Tell Natural Resources Minister Rickford to immediately cancel these permits, and permanently withdraw mining and logging from Grassy Narrows Territory. You can sign the petition here.
Support Food Growing on Toronto's Public Golf Courses
Tuesday January 11, the “Review of City of Toronto Golf Courses” is being considered at the Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) meeting. You can request to speak and/or submit written comments: email the Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org and cc your councillor, the Mayor and members of the IEC. This is an opportunity to have these spaces opened up for growing food - you can read more here.
Ask your MP to vote YES on Guaranteed Liveable Basic Income Bill C-223
On December 16, 2021, a private member’s bill, Bill C-223, was introduced in the House of Commons to develop a national framework for a permanent Guaranteed Livable Basic Income (GLBI) in Canada. Sign and share the petition and tell your MP to vote YES on Bill C-223 and send it to Committee
Green Online Events and Webinars
EarthNet: Scaling Climate and Ecological Action Through the Power of Social Networking
Tuesday, January 11, 1:00 PM
EarthNet is a social network that puts purpose over profit. It is organized by topic-based hubs, and each is a vibrant, interconnected network of organizations and climate professionals working together to make our world a better place and solve some of the wicked problems facing us today. Find out more and make EarthNet a reality.
Climate Action Club’s 2022 kick-off webinar
Wednesday, January 12, 10:00 to 11:30 am
Special guest Toronto’s own Lloyd Alter will reflect on his recent book Living the 1.5 degree Lifestyle and share his journey as he lives within a personal carbon budget of 2.5 tonnes per year. This is the 2030 budget all world citizens would need to achieve (on average) for us to have a chance at limiting global heating to the Paris 1.5°C goal. He will show us what climate action means at a personal level (and its challenges) – what we can and should do in our everyday lives to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from our own actions and choices.
Speaking Up for Change: How to use elections to get the climate leadership we need!
Wednesday, January 12, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Meet Green Neighbours Network of Toronto (GNN)’s new Political Engagement Team of volunteers working together and consider becoming involved! Guest speaker, Sabrina Bowman, will share the keys to success when advocating for better climate leadership, both before and between elections. Come learn, strategize, and discover the many ways you can get involved - and why it matters.
Progress Toronto 2022 Winter Training Series
Toronto City Council will be voting on the 2022 City Budget on February 17 - and this pandemic has shown how we need a budget that works for everyone. Learn the skills you need to advocate for a better Toronto.
#1 How to Speak at a Government Committee - Budget Edition
Wednesday, January 12 - 6 PM
#2 2022 City Budget Recap
Thursday, January 20 - 6 PM
#3 City Hall 101
Monday, January 31 - 7 PM
#4 How to Phone Bank for Our City: Budget Edition
Wednesday, February 2 - 6 PM
#5 City Council Online Watch Party & Discussion - Budget Edition
Thursday, February 17 - 9:30 AM ET
Youth Circle for Mother Earth Webinar
Tuesday, January 18th, 6:00-7:30 pm
Join Ontario Nature staff and young environmental leaders, along with Plenty Canada, the Indigenous Environmental Institute at Trent University, and Walpole Island Land Trust for a live webinar about the Youth Circle for Mother Earth project. The project supports a cross-cultural network of young Indigenous and non-Indigenous environmental leaders to become lifelong ambassadors for nature. Project partners' presentations will be followed by a short panel discussion with Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.
Let's Put Climate in the City Budget
Wednesday, January 19, 7:00 pm - 8:30 p.m.
What will the Toronto 2022 budget look like? Will there be the necessary funds for TransformTO to implement the Net Zero by 2040 plan? The city budget is under extreme pressure - let's make sure the climate emergency measures are funded. Find out more with host Lyn Adamson, ClimateFast and Councillor Mike Layton. For more info check out the City of Toronto budget page.
Water, water everywhere: Don River & Central Waterfront, water flow & treatment
Tuesday January 25, 2022, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
With guest speaker Lou Di Gironimo, General Manager of Toronto Water. Organized by Waterfront for All.
TRCA @ Home with Nature
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) At Home With Nature e-Learning videos are designed to help families, as well as teachers and their classes, deepen their knowledge of nature, ecology, the environment and their place in it. Coming up this month:
Tuesday, January 11, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
- Hoot and Howl - January 13 & 27
- Winter Wonders - January 20 & 22
- Winter Road Salt - January 25
- Winter Backyard Birds - January 26
The Toronto Police just released a request for an additional $24.8 million, which is a 2.3% increase for 2022. We know this is the wrong direction! Robyn Maynard recently spoke to this issue and trend in an article titled "After the 2020 protests, we were told things would be different. So why are police budgets and powers still expanding? Join SURJ-TO on January 11th at 6 pm to take action and organize together against this increase. You can also reach out to your councillor and ask them how they plan to speak out against and stop this increase. Please send SURJ-TO any replies you get from councillors! Contact the Campaigns Team at: email@example.com
Green News & Resources
CityNews: Toronto council approves climate change plan with 2040 net-zero carbon emissions target
Toronto Environmental Alliance blog: Toronto’s new TransformTO Net Zero Strategy
Spacing: LORINC: Is the City of Toronto’s buffed up climate plan just hot air?
A New Year’s Challenge: 30 Days of Climate Action
Zero Waste Chef Anne Marie Bonneau provides a new daily newsletter for the month of January. Each day, registrants will receive one action in their inbox. It’s free: consider signing up.
Go Vegan for "Veganuary"
The goal of Veganuary is to create a world where food production does not decimate forests, pollute rivers and oceans, exacerbate climate change and drive wild animal populations to extinction. Give it a try!
Multi-Solving for Climate Justice: Showcasing youth voices on incorporating multi-solving approaches in climate action & recovery
In partnership with Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) and with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Youth Climate Lab has produced a number of resources on multi-solving and how it can be used to further climate justice.
TDSB Youth Climate Action Guide
The Toronto District School Board has just launched its new Climate Action Guide for middle and high school students. If you, or someone you know, has students in the TDSB please let them know about it. It would be great to get this guide into the hands of as many students, teachers and parents as possible!
New Toronto Islands Ferry Fleet Going Electric
In a new report, City staff recommend making the new Toronto Island Ferries fully electric from day one. Full electrification supports the City’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy, In particular, this initiative aligns with the target of transitioning 20 percent of the City fleet to zero emissions by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030. Electrification of the ferry fleet is estimated to reduce 2,800 tonnes of GHG emissions annually, which is equivalent to removing 600 cars from our roads. In addition, displacing diesel fumes, which contribute to air and noise pollution, will provide an improved experience for those visiting Toronto Island. Read more here.
Great Lakes Guide: The value of a sliver of nature: Advocating for Wonscotonach/The Don River
National Observer: Making space for Black leaders in Canada’s climate movement
The Energy Mix: Green Resilience Project Pinpoints Basic Income as ‘Key to the Climate Plan Canada Needs’
National Observer: Staring down climate crisis, communities create roadmaps
Bill McKibben: The happiest number I've heard in ages
When we switch to renewable energy, the number of ships crossing the ocean will decrease almost by half, because they’re transporting coal, oil and gas.
Zero Waste Events, News and Resources
Ring in 2022 with a Home Waste Audit!
Do you want to be a waste sorting expert? Consider joining in with the U of T Trash Team for the return of the Home Waste Audit. Register for this 4-week experience, beginning with an intro webinar on Tuesday January 18 at 7:00 p.m. Audit runs from Wednesday, January 19 to Tuesday, February 15! You can learn more here.
[Video] Solutions in Action: Reducing Waste in High-Rise Buildings
Since the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) launched the Zero Waste High-Rise Project, they’ve worked with residents and staff of dozens of multi-residential buildings across Toronto to find solutions to their waste challenges. Watch the new TEA video showcasing stories of high-rise communities and their creative, community-led solutions to waste challenges in multi-residential buildings!
Film: SHORELINE: The Paddle Against Plastic
SHORELINE follows the story of A Greener Future’s Executive Director, Rochelle Byrne, as she embarks on a 430 km paddle journey across Lake Ontario to raise awareness about plastic pollution under the looming shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. SHORELINE highlights the intersections between recreation and environmental stewardship, showing the impact just one person can make with enough determination. Streaming now.
2021 impact report released: consider checking it out at A Greener Future’s website!
Don’t Mess with the Don’s 2021 Year End Clean Up #’s Released
Check it out on Facebook or Instagram. For those on DMWTD’s email list, a more detailed look back at 2021 and a peek at 2022 activity is coming soon. If you are not on DMWTD’s mailing list, consider signing up at their website. DMWTD does short-notice POP-UP cleanups during the winter months: you can look for what's coming up on their FB page or at their community group A Park for All on Facebook.
Book a FREE Grade 5 Classroom Visit from the U of T Trash Team
Booking is available for FREE synchronous virtual classroom visits from U of T’s Rochman Lab’s team of instructors, the U of T Trash Team! Visit their website to book a visit from January through to May 2022: their series of lessons are designed to improve scientific and waste literacy and to foster a sense of curiosity about the natural world and human impacts on the planet. These are available to schools in TDSB, and while open to all grade 5 teachers, U of T Trash Team hopes to prioritize the Model Schools program.
More freedom from unnecessary single use plastics: Toronto has returnable reusable takeout containers!
There are 40+ local cafes and restaurants in 17+ neighbourhoods participating so far in the stainless steel returnable reusable takeout container programs by Toronto initiatives: Muuse Canada by Dream Zero; Inwit; and Suppli! You can visit their websites to find participating local cafes and restaurants or ask your favourites to carry them. Crisper Kits zero waste plant based meal subscription service uses returnable reusable containers also!
Want help with your returnable reusable containers?
Canada’s Draft Proposed Single Use Plastics Regulations announced
- Muuse Canada by Dream Zero has you covered, offering a new, 4th Bin program!
- For mason jars and select other clean reusable packaging, you can drop it off at a Circulr collection bin location, or arrange for home pick up of 5+ units, for redistribution and reuse.
- Do you have clean, food grade, black plastic takeout containers with lids remaining? Consider dropping them off at a Case Reuse collection bin Locations include Fresh City Farms (695 Bay near Gerrard St. W.), Mad Radish (120 Bloor St. E., between Park Rd. and Church St.), Organic Garage, and more!
- Anarres Apothecary and Karma Co-Op were the first places offering package free and low waste items in Toronto, consider showing them some love!
- Two friendly reminders: simply because something comes package free or in reusable packaging, or a location hosts a drop off bin, doesn’t mean the ingredients are necessarily free of toxic petrochemicals (read the ingredients) or that it’s the only source of sustainable items in Toronto.
You can learn more about it from: Greenpeace Canada, CBC, Global News, and Environmental Defence
The Atlantic: How bad are plastics, really? Plastic production has kept expanding, and is on track to become a driving cause of climate change.
Competition Bureau of Canada: Keurig to pay $3 million fine for false, misleading claims on recycling of its K-CUPs, that amount to “greenwashing”. Learn more about this news via CTV news and Environmental Defence.
Zero Waste Resources
CanadaReduces.ca: 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
Regenerative Farming and Climate Change
Monday, January 10, 2022, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
with special guest Pat Learmoth, presented by For Our Grandchildren.
Email for the Zoom link: 4RGmeets@gmail.com
3 Steps to Rapid Soil Regeneration with Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web School
Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
Past recordings are available on the Soil Food Web School channel on Youtube.
Growing Urban Farmers: 5- year Program with Homestead T.O. and Zawadi Farm
Starting with the Grow Veggies Program, on Zoom at first. Applications due in January 2022.
Urban Agriculture and Food Security Certificates
The Certificate Program in Urban Agriculture at X University is offering two online courses this Winter, which start Monday January 17, 2022. Registration is open until Monday January 24, 2022. There are also courses available in the Certificate in Food Security: to see which courses are available, go to the Certificate in Food Security webpage.
Green Thumbs TO: Five Good Reasons School Gardens are Now a Thing (and if they aren’t, they should be); plus an Ontario-wide restart of School Garden Day?
Give what you can. Take what you need.
Farmers Markets still going strong in Winter
Toronto Food Resources
Community Fridges TO
has 1 location in University-Rosedale at 870 Dundas St W at Manning. There are 7 locations in Toronto
currently and many volunteers hosting, contributing and helping maintain them. You can check out the map and follow CFTO on instagram for the latest information like what’s best to donate in winter.
- There are two Little Free Pantries registered in Ward 11 (at 850 Palmerston Ave. and 193 Pendrith St.) and dozens across Toronto.
Active Transportation / Public Transit
Coldest Day of the Year Ride
Saturday, January 29
Cycle Toronto is thrilled to announce the return of their revamped Coldest Day of the Year Ride! Led by Ride Guides, this year’s small guided group ride will include multiple routes to choose from, all converging at a centrally-located park with a campfire where riders can warm-up, socialize, and celebrate winter cycling. Details to come. New to winter riding? No problem! Check out Cycle Toronto’s Winter Riding Tips here.
Council approves Significant Cycle infrastructure
At its December 15 meeting, Council approved a number of important cycling measures, including:
They also adopted much more ambitious goals and targets as part of their TransformTO climate action plan, aiming for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto by 2040, 10 years ahead of the previous goal. Proposed steps include:
- making the ActiveTO bike lanes installed in 2020 permanent
- starting consultations and designs on 100 km of bikeways throughout the city, to be installed or upgraded by the end of 2024.
- allowing cargo e-bikes that weigh more than 120 kilograms to help meet increasing demand for local deliveries, reduce greenhouse emissions and contribute to less traffic congestion
- Achieving 75% of all work/school trips less than 5 km taken by walking, cycling, or on transit by 2030 (which will require a huge rollout of safe bikeways and reliable public transit)
- Continuing to accelerate the capital funding for the Cycling Network Plan
- Beginning to consider complete street designs for every major road rehabilitation project
For the latest walking news in Toronto, consider following Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, Walk Toronto, and Avenue Road Safety Coalition on Twitter, and checking out Toronto Field Naturalists and Lost Rivers TO.
Bloomberg Citylab: Note to Store Owners: Not All Holiday Shoppers Drive
Donations / Volunteering
Community Fridges TO Call for Volunteers and Support
Free Geek Toronto Volunteer Information Session
Interested in being a Digital Community Strategist or Lead Technology Reuse Volunteer?
Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Deliver groceries and hot meals with The Bike Brigade
Grants and Opportunities
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (FEF) Grant
January 15 grant application deadline
Funding requests are needs based, and there is no set minimum or maximum amount for which you can apply. However, the majority of TD FEF grants are between $2,000 and $8,000.
Prove: Turn your climate solution into a climate venture
Prove helps you validate your value proposition and business model, hone your pitch, develop your minimum viable product (MVP), and test your go-to-market strategy with structured training and individualized coaching!
This customized program serves entrepreneurs at the discovery and validation stages, helping you plan your next steps and prove your venture’s potential. More info here. Winter cohort deadline January 16.
Learning for a Sustainable Future: $500 Grant
Monday, January 17 application deadline
Funding for students and teachers to engage their school and community in sustainability Action Projects: any action that is student-led and contributes to the sustainability of the school or community, whether you’re greening your schoolyard, eliminating single-use plastics at school, motivating your community to reduce their carbon footprint or any other actions towards our sustainable future.
Community Food Centres Canada: Market Greens grants
Friday Jan 21 application deadline.
Community Food Centres Canada: Market Greens grants
Friday Jan 21 application deadline.
Telus Friendly Future Foundation
Telus Community Board: for registered charities working within a specific city or region
($20K max) January 27 application deadline
“Supporting local education, health or technology programs for at-risk youth.”
Larger national, territorial and provincially focused registered charities
($20K-$200K) ~February application deadline (check back in January for 2022 application deadlines)
“These grants support education, health and technology initiatives for at-risk youth.”
Local food to school cafeteria grants up to $10K
Monday January 31 application deadline.
The My Main Street Community Activator Program: $25K - $250K
Tuesday February 1 application deadline.
Supports local placemaking projects across southern Ontario in 2022 that make a meaningful difference in local communities, drawing people out, strengthening feelings of connection and inclusion, and spurring economic activity.
Hiring full time field workers at Sundance Harvest
Sundance Harvest is hiring two full-time (30 hours per week) field workers (15-30 years old) for an April start! $18/hr to start and the 1.5 acre farm is TTC accessible as it's within Toronto. Deadline to apply is March 1st.
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