Monday, 21 February 2011

Environ Mental #19: Photographic journal of Toronto trees...

John Warren of ALTER ECO: Environmental Folk Art has some comments & news in his latest email newsletter:

"Environ Mental #19

Hi all,

Man! The last time I talked to you was when the Middle East was just a gleam in the peoples' eye - What a feeling as we watch others practice it.

To the art and other things creative.

This is the quiet season for the metal work but I have taken to working on a book titled, "From the Perspective of a Tree." It is a photographic journal of the real tree characters in Toronto and impressions that might be described by some words. It is underway and it is a pleasure to do. I could have most of it finished by this fall.

From time to time I will attach samples..."

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Now Anything Is Possible! Tunisia, Egypt & the Arab World?

What began as a single act of desperation in Tunisia has led to a series of significant uprisings of millions of people in Egypt and beyond.

In a region that has long suffered the impacts of colonial exploitation, oppressive puppet tyrants, and chronic misrepresentation, we are now witnessing a historic moment in which people are rising up to reclaim their lives, present and future.

The world is watching, but what are we seeing? Join us for a timely and much needed discussion and analysis as these historical events unfold.


Sonia Djelidi is a human rights activist who Studied Economics and Politics at University of Montreal. She lived for 3 years in West Africa, working with civil society. She is Member of GRILA (Group for Research and Initiative for the Libration of Africa). Currently she is the coordinator of the Collectif de Solidarité au Canada avec les luttes sociales en Tunisie and works as a communication coordinator for an international organization.

Mostafa Henaway is an Egyptian Canadian who has been active in Palestine solidarity with Tadamon Montreal! which works in solidarity with social movements in the Arab world: Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisa, and Iraq. He is also active in the international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Campaign to end Israeli Apartheid, participating in organizing of the 2010 BDS Conference in Montreal. He is a community organizer at the Immigrant Worker Center in Montreal, and is also an independent writer and radio producer.

Mohammed Mohsen is a Toronto based visual artist, with experience and involvement in several art organizations. Mohammed continues to contribute to the cultural and political life in Toronto, with history that includes involvement in the Arab Students' Collective, Jawqet Al-Sheikh Imam (the Sheikh Imam Ensemble), Toronto Arab Film Festival, OCAD Student Union, and several art organizations.

Moderated by Ghadeer Malek. Ghadeer is a Palestinian activist and feminist. She writes and performs spoken word and poetry and is part of an arts collective called AqsaZine. She is active on women's rights issues and is a strong advocate of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign to end Israeli Apartheid, Occupation and Colonization of Palestine.

Organized by HUNA, (“here” in Arabic ) - is a diverse, tight-knit group of Arabs Engaged in Politics, Society, and Culture.

Sponsored by Beit Zatoun, OPIRG UofT and OPIRG York.

Need to know:
- Doors open at 6:45 pm
- PWYC / Donation
- Sorry, not wheelchair accessible

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) and Zatoun oliveoil+za'atar dipping.

Beit Zatoun is a non-profit art & culture centre at 612 Markham Street (by Bathurst subway). For more info:

Monday, 14 February 2011

Anarres Moving Sale, February 2011...

Anarres Natural Health is announcing a Moving Sale/Barter Offer/Help Request:

"I've just traded in my small fixed up house at College and Ossington
for a bigger fixer upper house at Bloor and Dovercourt across from Dovercourt House.

The trick is, I have to move nearly everything out this week!

How can you help Anarres move to a bigger, better space for workshops, treatments and DIY goodness?
~ Buy Anarres made products until Friday at 50% off (half price!)
~ Buy DIY ingredients at 20% off when you buy <$50 worth, 30% off when you buy >$51 worth
~ Discover the secrets of the Anarres Clinic by helping pack it up on Friday


Sunday, 13 February 2011

[MSN] Rallies planned worldwide in support of labour rights in Mexico

The Maquila Solidarity Network reports:

"In recent years the few genuinely independent trade unions seeking to improve the lives of Mexican workers have found themselves increasingly under fire. This February, trade unions in Canada and around the world are joining in actions to support the independent trade union movement in Mexico and the right of Mexican workers to be represented by the union of their free choice.

MSN is supporting the days of action, working with Canadian and international trade unions to draw attention to continuing violations of the right to freedom of association in Mexico. In Canada rallies are planned at the Mexican embassy in Ottawa as well as consulates in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver."

See Rallies planned throughout world in support of trade union rights in Mexico (14-19 February 2011) for more information and details regarding rallies.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Don't miss these speakers! Canadian Responsible Investment Conference, Victoria, BC

The following will be part of the Social Investment Organization's Canadian Responsible Investment Conference 2011:

- Robert Bateman: Celebrated artist and distinguished Canadian.

Robert kicks off our conference with an inspiring discussion about
the human impacts on nature and what this means for our future.

- Tom Rand Venture capitalist, entrepreneur and author of Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit.

Tom will talk about Canada's energy future.

- Hazel Henderson: Author, futurist, worldwide syndicated columnist, advocate for and consultant on equitable ecologically sustainable human development and socially responsible business and investment.

Hazel will join the conference by videolink from her home in Florida to talk about her groundbreaking new project, the Green Transition Scoreboard, an ambitious project to map the investment capital necessary to meet the world's sustainability challenges.

- Stephen Griggs: CEO of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance.

Stephen will be part of a distinguished panel making the case for better executive compensation practices.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011




With special guests:

- Christian Kjar, Iraq War Resister

- Ana Bail√£o, Davenport Councillor

- Mario Silva, Davenport MP (by video)

Sunday Feb 13, 3:00 pm - 4:30pm

Gladstone Library: 1101 Bloor St W (just east of Dufferin Station)

Canada has a proud tradition of welcoming conscientious objectors, and a majority of Canadians support US Iraq War resisters--but they are threatened with deportation.

Join us for a community forum to show your support for US Iraq War resisters in Davenport and across Canada.

Organized by Davenport Neighbours for Peace (

War Resisters Support Campaign (

Monday, 7 February 2011

In Forma Theatre events, February/March 2011

In Forma Theatre invites you to:


Preview: Feb 17th 6pm
Performance: Feb 24th 6pm
@ The Albion Library; 1515 Albion Rd

PWYC- suggested donation $2

In partnership with Rexadale Women's Centre and the Albion Library, and with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, InterChange and North York Harvest, In Forma Theatre invites you to attend our final performance on Feb 24th 2011.

Between Two Worlds is an interactive and dynamic performance, collectively created by the multi-generational cast of participants from our Building Common Ground Program.

See the Facebook event for more informaton.

8 WEEK FORUM THEATRE CLASS: Thursdays 6-8pm beginning March 3rd

Have you ever heard of Forum Theatre and wanted to learn more? Come experience and learn all about what Forum Theatre is and how it is done by co- creating and performing in a Forum Theatre show!

In addition to experiencing Forum Theatre first hand, participants will also learn Theatre of the Oppressed inspired games and innovative theatre exercises & designed to engage, spark dialogue and inspire change. Creating an experiential learning environment, participants will learn by doing and will also explore the techniques through discussion and reflection facilitated by the instructors.

For more information contactvist and contact

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Author's Night with GILLIAN DEACON: There's Lead In My Lipstick

An invitation from Women's Healthy Environments Network:

You're invited to an exciting Author's Night with GILLIAN DEACON,
award-winning broadcaster, bestselling author and Canada's own
environmental advocate.

Gillian is the author of recently-released "There's Lead In My
Lipstick: Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them". A
book signing will follow.

DATE: Wed., Feb. 16th, 2011
TIME: 7:00pm
PLACE: Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave., 4th Floor
(between Dundas & Queen).
Free and wheelchair-accessible.

Presented by the Women's Healthy Environments Network (WHEN).