Monday, 16 January 2017

"Urban Decay" - the latest in cosmetics revisited


Many North American teenagers go through a period when they think nobody takes you seriously, even if your parents are spending money spoiling you, and there's not much you're good at yet, but at least on a good day you can gross out people you know and, if it's a really good day, adults, preferably parents. Now in your local mall new cosmetic brand Urban Decay seems to get this. What they don't yet seem to get is the real urban decay, the physical effects, that the cosmetics can represent for wearers' bodies. And let's not even get into the issue of the complexions of the homeless forced to live on the street. Homelessness is not good for your health, full stop, let alone your skin. Urban decay is a sign of the times, in more ways than one. If you are looking for cosmetics make sure they're ​harmless, like the ones available from new TorontotheBetter directory enterprise Consonant Skin Care

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Our top blog posts of 2016

What were the most viewed TorontotheBetter blogposts in 2016?
1. Street Children of Nepal - documentary video premiere - March 16
2. Rana Plaza remembered - April 27
3. TorontotheBetter at the Driftwood multicultural Festival in the Jane-Finch Neighbourhood. September 18.
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Our Toronto is local and global.

Share like a library - a new economic model

TorontotheBetter is pleased to welcome library championing activist site Shareable ( as a philosophical fellow-traveler in the struggle for a new economic order. Stay tuned for future posts about sharing models, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Reading and Wrioting -TorontotheBetter's 2017 Movement of Movements Action calendar now available

READING AND WRIOTING - 2017 TorontotheBetter calendar- ativists' oublications, original art, quotations. A calendar for thinking activists.  [snapshot of featured images below]

                                                                                                                                                                                           – TorontotheBetter’s 2017 Movement of Movements Action Calendar                                                  *Now available from TorontotheBetter.                                                                                                                                                               All-Canadian publications and activists featured plus movement weblinks and quotations. The ideas that move are the ideas that matter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ***** $15/ Order by email to *****.


Thursday, 8 December 2016

Green Worker Cooperatives' Co-op Academy Deadline: December 16h

The deadline for the Green Worker Cooperative Spring 2017 Co-op Academy is next week (Friday, December 16th). It's a free, 5-months long cooperative business boot camp designed to help teams (of at least two people) launch and grow their business as an environmentally-responsible worker cooperative. Help spread the word!

For more details, see here.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Programs and Resources for Jane and Finch

What most successful communities thrive on is a good upbringing. There are many Jane and Finch kids and teenagers who are willing to learn in school and want to lead successful lives when they get older. That's why I am raising awareness about programs like Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) and Respect in Schools Everywhere (RISE). SAVE is a U.S. program that originated in 1989 in Charlotte, Carolina (S.A.V.E., n.d). It was created by a group of students who wanted to commemorate their classmate who was killed trying to break up a fight at a party (S.A.V.E., n.d). Since its inception, SAVE has had youth public speakers advocate and lecture on conflict management, crime prevention and service projects all over America (S.A.V.E., n.d). Because it is led and delivered by students, SAVE has had a great impact on students lives in preventing youth violence and creating safer environments for students everywhere (S.A.V.E., n.d). Similarly, RISE is built upon the foundation that students should address violence and bullying in schools and has had major success in the Scarborough area (Porter, 2012). While one day workshops and seminars attempt to teach students about issues like gender and racial equality and criminality, it is a more meaningful experience when it is taught by fellow students and studies show that it has proven to be more effective (Porter, 2012). I think these programs would be great starting points to prevent more violence from happening in Jane and Finch and instill proper views unto the kids. Jane and Finch has a lot going for it being that it's so multicultural and that the children and adults have a strong sense of community. In addition, Jane and Finch could seriously benefit from more OW and health workers investing time into the neighborhood. It's not enough that we see people advocating for Jane and Finch online, but to have real hands on helpers involved in the community would seriously boost up the area's financial debt and mental health issues.

Thanks for reading,

Maury Cheskes

Porter, Catherine (2012) Toronto rise program has teens talking to peers about bullying. Retrieved November 19, 2016 from

S.A.V.E. (n.d.) Goals, vision & mission. Retrieved November 19, 2016 from

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Jane and Finch Success Stories

There are plenty of successful people who grew up in Jane and Finch. Actor, Lyriq Bent, singer Jully Black, choreographer Sergio Trujillo and recording artist Melanie Fiona.

Check out their stories at: