Thursday, 27 November 2008

GET Sponsors first annual Buy Local Week, Dec. 1-7, 2008

GET(Green Enterprise Toronto) - along with TABIA(Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) and NaberNET - is sponsoring Toronto's first annual Buy Local Week:


“Some people think that local just means location, like the big box down the street,” says Chris Lowry, director of a local, sustainable business network called Green Enterprise Toronto (GET). “But local is really all about local ownership that helps to keep regional economies strong.”

“We encourage Toronto residents to support their local BIAs by shopping locally. By supporting our main streets, we maintain strong & viable communities. says John Kiru, Executive Director of TABIA, the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas. TABIA consists of 68 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) representing more that 27,000 business and property owners.

“The Local First movement is catching on like wildfire in communities across North America, and now we are introducing it to Toronto consumers and retailers,” explains Lowry. “More and more people understand that supporting independent businesses is essentially voting with your dollars for a healthy local economy.“

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Ten Thousand Villages Christmas Festival, Nov. 28-30, 2008

Ten Thousand Villages Toronto is having a Christmas Festival at Harbourfront Centre this Friday, November 28th to Sunday, November 30th:

Ten Thousand Villages Christmas Festival
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W

Friday November 28, 6pm-10pm
Saturday November 29, 10am-6pm
Sunday November 30, 12noon-5pm

A Fair Trade Christmas festival featuring works from over 130 artisan groups in more than 35 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Purchase personal and home accessories, carpets, Christmas d├ęcor, games, toys, coffee and food, while soaking in the sights and sounds of Christmas. As one of the world's oldest and largest Fair Trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages builds long-term relationships with artisans based on mutual understanding and respect. This year, give twice with a Fair Trade Christmas.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Book Talk for The Human Powered Home

Fertile Ground Bookstore is hosting Tamara Dean talking about her new book The Human Powered Home:

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Bahen Information Centre, Room 1170, UofT
Street: 40 St George Street
City/Town: Toronto, ON

See The Human Powered Home Facebook event for more information.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

6 events at Toronto Sprouts, November 22nd to December 31st.

Six upcoming events from Toronto Sprouts:

- Saturday November 22, 2008 & Sunday November 23, 2008:
Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ I, with The Raw Food Doctors™ Rick & Karin Dina

This 2-day comprehensive course takes you deeper into the scientific basis for raw food nutrition. This course will provide answers to common questions about raw food, vegan, vegetarian and plant-based diets and is presented in a fun and easy to understand format. There is no prerequisite for this class - the course content builds upon topics covered in Introduction to Raw Food Nutrition™ and much more. Tuition: $375 USD.

- Tuesday November 25, 2008:
The Raw Food Revolution with Cherie Soria

Cherie Soria, Director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute will offer talks about the Raw Food Revolution. She will cover topics from her new book, The Raw Food Revolution Diet: Feast, Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Feel Younger and share tips about how to achieve permanent weight loss, make great tasting healthy food, save time in the kitchen, eat raw on the go, and get the nutrients your body needs. There will also be a culinary demonstration that will show how to create flavour, texture, and appearance that mimics cooked food, but tastes even better! 7pm-9pm. $20 at the door.

- Sunday November 30, 2008:
FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™ with Cherie Soria and Martine Lussier

Take advantage of this opportunity to take Living Light's entry-level class as a one-day intensive workshop. Superb culinary presentations will show you everything you need to know to create a wide variety of delicious, easy-to-prepare raw recipes. No prerequisites are required. This class is open to participants of any skill level, novice to professional. 8:30am - 5:30pm. Tuition: $325 USD.

- Thursday November 27, 2008:
Learn to Sprout from the Pros

For information or to sign-up, call Trefor at 416.535.3111 or email: Cost: $35.00 each or admit 2 for $60.00. Preregistration is required.

- Saturday December 6, 2008:
Winter Market @ Toronto Sprouts

The greenest place to shop for the holidays! 10am – 6pm. Admission is free!
A variety of local vendors will be coming to Toronto Sprouts for this one day so you can access them all in one place. Great deals to be had by all! They will be selling products like raw foods, chocolate, eco-conscious clothing, jewellery, music, essential oils, scarves & hats, artwork, and much more!

- NEW YEAR'S EVE Benefit:
A New Year's Eve Meditation and Celebration with Sandra Itenson Sweetman of
A fundraiser for 8:30pm – 12:00 midnight.

The evening starts with folks arriving ~ 8:30pm, a meditation / channelling from 9-11pm, then raffles, etc., and lots of yummy food!

Monday, 10 November 2008

November News

November is one of those months where I don’t have much to get excited about. This November, I’ve got something to get very excited about...I’m going on vacation! I’ll be leaving the evening of November 19th returning November 30th. Where will I be going? We’ll that’s a story in itself. To read more visit:


Getting Kids Active and Well Nourished
Tuesday December 2nd
Whole Foods Market –87 Avenue Road

Children are increasingly less active and nourished and child obesity rates are rising. Interested in doing something about it? Come network with others who are passionate about getting Canadian children healthy and fit. For the schedule and more info visit:

Whole Foods Cooking Class: Snacking to Lose Weight and Keep Energized!
Please note date change: Tuesday, January 27th
$15 (receive a $5 Whole Foods gift card)

This upcoming session will have a dish to please everyone because snacking is such a broad theme. Since snacking happens as frequently as meals (about three a day) you might as well make it a treat every time! These recipes will be between 100-300 calories. To read more:

Strength Training for Winter Bicycling
Saturday December 13th

Thinking about bicycling through the winter? Whether you’re an all season cyclist or want to learn some strength training exercises, join us at a The Yoga House, located in the Woodbine and Danforth neighbourhood. RSVP for address. Please note this will be filmed for a documentary on winter cyclists. For more information on the film visit:

Holiday Gift Ideas: Whole Self Fitness Gift Certificates

This holiday season why not give the gift of health while supporting an ethical, small business?

$15 Gift Card as Stocking Stuffers:
Whole Self Fitness cooking classes at Whole Foods Market
Admission to workshops/group classes

Gift certificates for $70 plus can get:
A healthy cooking demonstration in your own home
Personal Training packages
A nutritional and diet consultation
And much more!

Gift certificates are for Toronto residents only.


Thank you to those who filled the on-line survey. If you’ve read this far and haven’t filled the survey to give me information on how Whole Self Fitness can better serve you, please do. If you choose, you can be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to the next Whole Foods class! Link to survey:

Enjoy the rest of November...I know I will!

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Summit on November 22nd: Good Jobs For All for a Greater Toronto

The Good Jobs Coalition, an alliance of community, labour, social justice, youth and environmental organizations in the Toronto region, is hosting Good Jobs For All for a Greater Toronto, one part of a long-term effort to tackle the pressing issues of social equity and economic justice in the 21st century:

Good Jobs for All for a Greater Toronto
November 22, 2008, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Metro Convention Center, 255 Front St, Toronto
Registration: $50 (includes lunch) Fee waved for students, community activists and unwaged