Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Three Wobbly musicians performing April 3rd, 2009 in Toronto

Smokey Dymny recently send the following notice through the IWW email list:

Get it while you can.

The IWW gig at the Steelworker's Hall is on Friday April 3 at 8pm. Tickets $20 sliding scale to $10. LCBO.

Anne Feeney, IWW from the U.S. - Utah Phillips called her the best labour singer in North America.
Dr. Joey Only, IWW from Vancouver - the best young punk-folk-country outrageous Wobbly out there. He recently drove across Canada and planted hundreds of white crosses on the lawns of the riding offices of the major Conservative MPs to represent the number of folks whose lives were saved by the Safe Injection Site in Vancouver. (The Conservatives were trying to close the place.) Planted those 350 crosses on the front walk of Parliament and then sang his songs.

This is the only gig in North America in decades with three Wobblies playing at once!
We may have unannounced local back-up musicians dropping out of their other gigs early that night just to play along with these folks.

J. Smokey Dymny

I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few. - William Morris, 1877

Sunday, 29 March 2009

TorontoTheBetter businesses at 2009 Halton Eco Festival

Me to We Style is one of several sponsors of the 9th Annual Halton Eco Festival, happening at the Glen Abbey Rec Centre (1415 Third Line, Oakville) on Saturday April 18th from 9 am to 5 pm.

This free-to-attend event features 105 green exhibitors, 25 educational speakers, a kids' eco fun area, a silent auction with gifts valued at more than $4,000, a challenging eco-jeopardy game, and organic ice cream cones.

The 9th Annual Halton Eco Festival is organized by the Oakville Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights.

Thanks to exhibitor Chocoland for the notice.

Other TorontoTheBetter businesses participating are Essere Organics, Global ware, and Goldwater Solar Services.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Brewers' Plate Toronto Local Food Event - April 17, 2009

This notice came to us from Robin Elliott, a volunteer with Green Enterprise Toronto:

The Second Annual Brewers Plate

Calling all local food and beer lovers! Join us for the feast of the
season celebrating Toronto’s local and sustainable brewers, chefs and
food artisans.

The evening features amazing local fare prepared by six great Toronto
chefs, six craft breweries, wonderful creations by local food artisans
and live entertainment.

Friday April 17, 2009. Doors open: 6:30pm

Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle

Ticket price: $96.86 (incl. gst and service charge).

See here for event details and tickets.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Three awesome events in Toronto Mar 20-22!

• Fri Mar 20, 2009 (doors @ 7:30pm, event starts @ 8pm) -

Spring Equinox Celebration: dance/music fundraiser
Gary Diggins and Triune, Laura Nashman, Michael Moon & Friends
Enjoy an evening of dance, fun and great live music.
In support of the Coalition for Farm Animals (CCFA) & HumaneFood.ca
"Promoting the humane treatment of animals raised for food in Canada."
$20 in advance or at the door
Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd (2 blocks north of Bloor)

• Sat Mar 21, 2009 (10am-6pm) -

Spring Market at Toronto Sprouts & fundraiser in support of Juice for the Cure!

21 local vendors (including the Toronto Vegetarian Association) at Toronto Sprouts for a special 1-day event. (Come buy your TVA membership & discount cards too!)

The vendor market will have on offer tasty food, healthy supplements, sustainable clothing, essential oils, unique jewellery, inspired music, fine art, great books, DVD's, information/resources, and of course - sprouts! WIN great door & raffle prizes!
Free admission.
720 Bathurst Street (1.5 blocks South of Bloor)

This is going to be the last market held at this location! Join in making this a special event!

Juice for the Cure is dedicated to raising awareness of the role nutrition plays in helping cure major illnesses such as cancer and diabetes.

This is a new initiative from the folks behind Rawlicious, that Toronto Sprouts, the Spring Market exhibitors & friends are proud to support. The Juice for the Cure website is under construction now! http://juiceforthecure.com/

• Sun Mar 22, 2009 (2pm-7pm)

Equinox Chocolatada
ChocoSol will be celebrating the release of local food hero Wayne Roberts’ new book “The No Nonsense Guide to World Food”! Bring your convivial spirit and share song, story or sustenance!
$15 gets you a signed book and unlimited Chocolate drinks for the evening!
CacaoLoft, 6 St. Joseph (west side of Yonge, north of Wellesley)

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Leslieveille community group wins at OMB against "big box" plan

On Thursday, 5 March 2009, the Globe and Mail reported that the OMB quashes plan for Leslieville mega mall:

"A contentious plan for a shopping centre in Leslieville - derided as a suburban-style "big box" with Wal-Mart as a likely tenant - has been quashed by the province's planning tribunal, after a five-year fight by local councillors and residents.

The Ontario Municipal Board, often accused by critics of favouring developers, sided with the city and struck down an application to convert the Toronto Film Studios site on Eastern Avenue between Carlaw Avenue and Leslie Street into a 600,000 square-foot retail complex with 1,800 parking spaces."

But Brady Yauch of BlogTO cautions that:

"City officials and community activists may have won this case, but they would be silly to think the war is over. Like it or not, corporate retailers are going to continue with their quest to expand their operations in cities across the country. Finding a way to incorporate them into the fabric of city life is going to be a major challenge for both city officials and developers. But it's one they're going to have to face.:

Thursday, 5 March 2009

LabourStart news: International Women's Day etc.

Four items from today's LabourStart email by Eric Lee:

International working women's day:
8 March is international working women's day - a 100-year old holiday celebrated in different ways in our different countries. LabourStart has a page of news specifically affecting women workers here - please make sure your union links to it.

Iran: Repression intensifies

In our last mailing, we told you about the trial of leaders of a sugar workers union affiliated to the IUF. While we await the results, more union leaders have been jailed. Full coverage of Iranian labour news can be found here.

Iraq: Two appeals

We've had two appeals this week from Iraq - both are important.

First, a leader of the agricultural workers union has been arrested. US Labor Against the War is circulating a call for action.

Second, there's this appeal from the teachers union. The NASUWT in Britain has issued a call for email protests to be sent to minister.centraloffice@moedu.gov.iq with messages of support to abdullahmuhsin@iraqitradeunions.org .

UnionBook after one month

It's been little more than a month since we announced the launch of the social network for trade unionists, UnionBook. In that time, the network has grown rapidly, with over 2,500 trade unionists having signed up. There are now 167 groups of which the most popular are Unions 2.0, Labour Films, Left History, Union Staff, Labour Podcasting, CUPE, LabourTech (Canada) and Our Times. If you haven't yet done so, sign up today - and sign up your fellow union members!