Wednesday, 23 June 2010

July 11, 2010: Have You Screened Your Sunscreen? Make Your Own Healthy Sunscreens.

From the Women's Healthy Environment Network, an event featuring Anarres Natural Health:

Title of Event: Have You Screened Your Sunscreen? Make Your Own Healthy Sunscreens.

Date: Sunday, July 11, 2010
Time: 2:30 - 5:00 pm

Location: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) 4th Floor - 215 Spadina Avenue (between Dundas and Queen)
Cost: Minimum $40 donation

Short Description: We'll not only learn how to make these products from scratch, but also learn how to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harmful sun rays, while still making and storing essential vitamin D. We will be making a Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter Lotion, SPF 15, from scratch, and a Safe Sun Protection Cream with zinc SPF 30. You will leave with 170ml of shea lotion, a 120ml of sun protection cream & a 170ml of cocoa butter lotion, each in a container of your choice - altogether a $38 value!!! This workshop will be facilitated by Tracey TieF, a Certified Natural Health Practitioner of Anarres Natural Health.

Contact Information: 416-928-0880,
Register at :

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

This Ain't the Rosedale Libary: Another great bookstoare threatened

It has just come to our attention that This Ain't the Rosedale Library is now in dire straits:

On Saturday, 19 June 2010, the Toronto Star reported that the 'Cherished bookseller' threatened with closure:

"Book lovers in Toronto are alarmed by the bailiff’s notice posted on the door of iconic Toronto bookseller This Ain’t the Rosedale Library Friday.

The bailiff’s notice alleges the popular independent Kensington Market bookseller owes its landlord $40,000 plus costs.

The landlord has hired an enforcement agency to collect the money or seize the property.

The bookstore was closed Saturday, and the seizure of the premises has alarmed Toronto’s literary community.

“We must do something,” wrote poet and reviewer Natalie Zed on Twitter.

Zed was one of many Torontonians reacting to the notice with shock and concern.

Julie Wilson, a writer and book club organizer, said she would chain herself to the door. Others discussed the idea of auctioning their skills to help the bookstore meet its obligations."

And the Globe and Mail reported on June 19th that Toronto’s This Ain’t the Rosedale Library bookstore at risk of closing:

"One of Toronto’s few remaining independent book stores is at risk of closing its doors, the latest casualty in an escalating battle with the world’s largest online retailer.

A bailiff’s notice slapped on This Ain’t the Rosedale Library says the store’s owners have until Thursday to come up with $40,000 plus costs owed to the landlord. The bookstore in downtown Kensington Market was closed on Saturday and the bailiff changed the locks.

“It’s a tough business,” lamented Mika Bareket, owner of the Good Egg cookbook shop in Kensington Market. “I hope they pull through.”

Ms. Bareket said This Ain’t the Rosedale Library owner Charlie Huisken did business the old-fashioned way – using no computer system to track inventory and reading every single book before adding it to the shelves.

“They’ve never carried a book they don’t believe in,” she said. “I wish more people supported their vision.”"

See the TATRL Facebook page for the latest news regarding how to help...

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Adopt-an-Activist for the G20! [Toronto, June 2010]

This seems to have been forwarded through several degrees of email separation, with that latest comment being "Blog-worthy?" - definately seems to be worthy here:

"So often we lose sight that the masses of demonstrators are not just 'the demonstrators' but are also our neighbors, our colleagues at work, friends of our friends and relatives, and many of the people working every day to make our communities more liveable and enjoyable for us all. Many have been working towards social justice for years, while many may be engaging with the complex issues that the G8/20 bring to the forefront for the first time. So rather than believing a caricature of 'the demonstrator' why not get to know some in a more personal way!


Have extra space in your home? Extra beds? Space on the floor? A backyard to pitch a tent? Don't just let it go to waste - put some activists in it!

Go to and sign up to billet!

You might not be able to make it onto the streets during the mobilization, but through billeting you can help to make sure that others can.

Have questions? Want more information?

Contact the TCMN Housing Committee at:

P.S. The TCMN is trying to make the world a better place as it coordinates the mobilization. This means that we are trying to ensure that our activities occur within a framework of anti-oppression – fighting against racism, ableism, classism, sexism, and homo/lesbo/bi/trans-phobia. We don't want to stick people into housing situations where they have to fear any of these problems. Thanks!"

Thursday, 10 June 2010

101 Trade Unionists Murdered in 2009; Pressure on Workers' Right Grows as Crisis Hits Jobs

LabourStart reports that the International Trade Union Confederation has released the 2009 Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights:

they are "sorry to say that the news is not good.

According to the International Trade Union Confederation, 101 trade unionists were killed last year.

And that represents a 30% increase on the year before.

That even a single human being dies because they are members of a trade union is a tragedy.

That 101 are killed in a single year is a moral outrage."

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

MSN reports that World Cup gets a yellow card on worker rights

The Maquila Solidarity Network recently commented on a report by the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF):

"With the FIFA World Cup in South Africa just days away, the soccer world's leading organization is being asked to take a closer look at the dismal realities faced by soccer ball stitchers.


MSN is supporting the ILRF in calling on the soccer ball industry to take immediate action to address the endemic problems of extremely low wages and the exploitation of temporary workers. We are urging the industry to improve conditions for the workers who produce the balls at the centre of the 2010 World Cup. You can support the appeal by signing the action alert on the ILRF web page.