Tuesday, 24 August 2010

UnionBook 2.0 in testing...

Eric Lee, with LabourStart, reports that:

"The current version of UnionBook - the social network for trade unionists established in late 2008 - is costly, clunky and ineffective. It's been buggy and very hard to fix.

At the LabourStart conference in Canada last month we talked about ways to improve it.

Today I'm proud to anounce the launch of UnionBook 2.0.

The features available are better than what we currently offer. It is much easier to fix, configure and add things to. It also looks a lot better.

But we need to test it in practice, to see if we can get a Facebook-like experience for UnionBook.

Please sign up for an account...

In joining the new UnionBook, you'll be helping us create a powerful tool, an online global community of trade unionists. And I hope you'll also have fun doing so.

Thanks very much!"

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Toronto's Theatrical Premiere of Fresh: The Movie

Previously shown on 23 February 2010 as part of the 5th Annual TorontoTheBetter Movie Series, Ana Sofie Joanes's Fresh: The Movie will be making its Toronto theatrical debut at the Bloor Cinema on Tuesday, 26 August at 6:30PM.

After the film, there will be a panel discussion,from 8 to 9 PM, including Debbie Field from FoodShare and Chris Wong from Young Urban Farmers.

Great to see the film getting some wider exposure...

Friday, 20 August 2010

Phoenix Print Shop News: New Group, New Space

Included in a recent email notice from Phoenix Print Shop:

The Phoenix Print Shop has moved into it's new and much improved 6000+ s.f. facilities at
The Buzz Hargrove Youth Training Centre. We are located adjacent to our old location at
11 Ordnance Street, Toronto.

For the Print Shop, expansion is the vehicle to our team's blended-value vision:

· doubling # of youth achieving sustained career connections
· increasing annual print revenue so that the print shop becomes a major contributor to Eva's Phoenix programs, and creates new work opportunities for grads.
· Continuing to minimize our ecological footprint in all aspects of our operation
· Sharing our experience with other Canadian social enterprises

Together, with commitment, creativity, caring and hard work, we are creating a place where young people in our community have excellent opportunities to move forward with their lives.

Save The Date

The Phoenix Print Shop will be hosting it's Annual Graduation Ceremony on
Wednesday, September 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

We are excited to be celebrating our graduation ceremony at our new facility. The primary objective of the graduation ceremony is to celebrate the achievements of Phoenix Print Shop participants for completing the training program. For some we are also celebrating their ability to sustain employment for a minimum of six months. We will also be showcasing program award winners.

For many of our supporters (donors and print clients) this will be the first opportunity to tour our new shop.

Please mark your calendar and join us in celebrating youth's achievements.

For further information please contact Lesley McMillan at 416-364-4716 x265
or email:lesley@evas.ca

Monday, 16 August 2010

Between the Lines Fall 2010 line up & Catalyst Centre School of Activism in August

Thanks to the Centre for the Study of Work and Education for the following news items concerning Between The Lines and the Catalyst Centre...


- Random Acts of Culture explores vernacular culture and dissects our current passive, apathetic, and spectatorship-based culture in favour of a more active participatory culture.

- A new collection of essays addresses poverty in Canadian communities in Persistent Poverty.

- Ben Carniol provides an essential analysis of Canada’s social workers in Case Critical, Sixth Edition.

- And we add one new title to the No-Nonsense Guide series: Derek Wall’s comprehensive No-Nonsense Guide to Green Politics.

- We have also published two updated guides including Peter Steven's updated edition of the No-Nonsense Guide to Global Media and Wayne Ellwood's updated No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization.



Thursday Aug. 26 and Friday Aug. 27 at Family Services Toronto
355 Church St., Toronto (just south of Carlton - closest subway: College at Yonge)

Facilitators: Chris Cavanagh & Deborah Konecny

Make good use of the slower pace of summer programming and lighter network schedules to build your skills for the coming year.

Take part in two days of intensive training to hone your planning and facilitation skills. You can register for either or both.

The recommended fee for each workshop is $150 or pay what you can.

To register: Please phone 416-516-9546 and tell us your name, e-mail, phone number and what you would like to pay.

- Thursday, August 26, 9:30-4:30: Democratic Facilitation By Design

- Friday, August 27, 9:30-4:30: Not Just a Bag ‘o Tricks – Popular Education Tools, Techniques and Thoughts

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Alternative Grounds leads Fair Trade Toronto movement

A recent Toronto Star article ("Fair Trade fans set sights on Toronto" by Vivian Song, on page L7 of the 14 August 2010 edition) reports that Linda Burnside, owner of Alternative Grounds Coffee House and Roastery is hoping have Toronto declared a Fair Trade Town...

"After learning that Barrie qualified in May to become Ontario's largest Fair Trade Town, Burnside - whose cafe was among the first in Canada to earn a fair trade licence 14 years ago - stared putting out feelers to assemble a team in Toronto.


'I really see the proliferation of farmer's markets as a desire to have a connection with, and feel good about, what we're eating and buying. I do think there's enough interest,' Burnside says. 'And we have the skills to make it happen.'"

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Mark Your Calendar for Sept. 8th


Benefit for War Resisters Support Campaign, co-sponsored by CESAR

Documentary - Howard Zinn:
You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train
with film makers:  Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller
and war resister, Jeremy Hinzman

Date: Wed., Sept. 8th

Time:  7-9 p.m. (Box office opens at 6:30)

Where:  The Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor W. @ Bathurst

Adm:    $10.00

See you there!

War Resisters Support Campaign



Monday, 9 August 2010

The Cutting Veg highlighted in Toronto Star article

While The Cutting Veg is not (yet?) a member of TorontoTheBetter, I wanted to share the interesting background of this local organic food enterprise...

In City, meet country: Growing food is helps connect urban and rural neighbours, a August 6th, 2010 Toronto Star article , Jess Mclean notes that Daniel Hoffman...

"developed an interest in farming after getting a degree in social work. He wanted to be part of social change.

The venture has what he calls a “quadruple bottom line:” to cultivate social, environmental, economic and personal health through organic agriculture. Part of that includes connecting to consumers directly through Community Supported Agriculture programs.

About 150 residents around the GTA own shares in the Hoffmann farm. Once a week during the harvest, they will use a point system to select their weekly allocation. They meet the people who worked in the fields. They connect with their local farms, Hoffmann said."