Monday, 28 March 2011

Wimming Blues Night at Toronto Women's Bookstore

Here's another noteworthy event from the Toronto Women's Bookstore:

WIMMING BLUES NIGHT- A fundraising event for Camp Sis

Thursday, March 31 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Toronto Women's Bookstore, 73 Harbord Street, 416-922-8744

Camp Sis is now 17 years old. It remains community owned and open to all women. The past few summers CAMP SIS has been used as a get away healing space for six nations and aboriginal women and we would to make this accessible throughout the year.

This is a shout out to all who would be sisters in struggle, to make this happen. There is a need to buy insulation, vapor barrier wood for the walls so the two buildings can be winterized and have caretaker, Doreen Silversmith, stay there. We are in need of women power, labour, and donations in order to build this summer. Please come out to support and celebrate International Women's Month with us!

Featuring: Rachel Melas, Nicole Tanguay, Shandra Spears, and Faith Nolan

Admission: $7.00 (sliding scale)
Enjoy snacks and refreshment and fill your soul with blues at the TWB!

Furthering Metcalf Food Solutions, 31 March 2011 at Evergreen Brick Works

"Furthering the Metcalf Food Solutions Papers"
Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:00AM-3:00PM
Evergreen Brick Works(550 Bayview Ave)

This year, Food for Talk is focusing on the Metcalf Food Solutions Papers.

On March 31st, four of the five Food Solutions papers will be presented. The first paper, "Scaling Up Urban Agriculture in Toronto" was presented back in October 2010.

The purpose of this event is to allow the authors to present their solutions and for the FFT community to come prepared to react to them. We invite you to bring your questions, feedback, and ideas!

Come at 9AM to grab a coffee/ refreshments, and then the morning session will begin promptly at 9:30AM.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

another Bike Pirates Craft Night

Bike Pirates is hosting another Craft Night this Wednesday (23 March 2011) from 7:30 to 10:30 PM...

"t's time for another craft night! This time we'll have organized crafts - patterns, tools and materials for making cycling caps and tool belts.

Fabric and other materials will be available by donation, or bring your own!

Things you may need: non-stretchy fabric (thicker and sturdier for the tool belt), thick interfacing or a margarine container, narrow length of elastic, thread, other notions (patches, buttons, lace, etc.)"

For more information & updates, see the Facebook event page.

Friday, 18 March 2011

The Passage of a Jewish Boat to Gaza: An evening with Glyn Secker, human rights activist and captain of the ‘Irene’

Beit Zatoun and Canada Boat to Gaza are proud to host Glyn Secker for one night only in Toronto, as part of his North American speaking tour. Mr Secker is a long-time human rights activist who captained the catamaran ‘Irene’, a boat crewed by Jews opposed to the Occupation of Palestine that sailed from Cyprus in September 2010 in an attempt to break the siege of Gaza. The illegal blockade, begun in 2001 and intensified in 2007, has created a humanitarian crisis in occupied territory.

Flying the banners of the alternative voices of Canadian, American and European Jews, the crew of the Irene demonstrated to the world their implacable opposition to the Occupation. The courage and humanity of the crew members, including Refusniks, a Holocaust survivor and a founder of the Bereaved Families Circle, gave hope to those concerned with justice, peace and human rights.

Mr. Secker will speak about his experience on the ship, which was intercepted by the Israeli Navy, and also in his personal capacity as a Jew active in the struggle to end the occupation. A question and answer session will follow.

Need to know:
- Doors open at 6:45
- Seating is limited and on a first-come-first-seated basis
- $5 Donation or PWYC
- Sorry, not wheelchair accessible

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

Phone: 647-726-9500

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Tinto Movie Screening: human rights abuses in Equatorial Guinea

Another good event at Tinto Coffee House:
Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Written, produced and directed by Mischa G. Hendel, Austria.

An invitation from the movement of concerned citizens with Human Rights abuses in Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea is the third largest oil producer in Africa south of the Sahara and the only African country with Spanish as official language. There are neither publishing houses nor libraries within the country. The government doesn’t show any interest for art and culture so the population stays isolated living under difficult conditions.

In this documentary, the “Literary Voices of Equatorial Guinea” quote from their literary creations and resume forty years of independence from Spain. Some do that from Guinea, others from exile.

They reflect the brutal tyranny of the first dictator Francisco Macías Nguema, analyze the role of Spain in the history of Equatorial Guinea and describe today’s situation with president Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has maintained a pseudo-democracy for thirty years.

The documentary switches between Equatorial Guinea and Spain, between past, present and future, and points out at life in the discrepancy between African origin and European metropolis.

The film has interviews with well known Equatoguinean writers like Juan Balboa, Donato Ndongo, María Nsué and Guillermina Mekuy. In the film there are shots of today’s Equatorial Guinea and the Guinean diaspora in Spain as well as archive footage from the former Spanish colony.

A distant, lurid perspective from outside is prevented and voice-off comment renounced, to give space to the personal experiences and the stories of the authors.

Director Mischa G. Hendel (1976, Vöcklabruck, Austria) worked as draftsman and clerk before studying Africanology at the University of Vienna (2001-2006). Later he worked as a journalist for the Austrian newspaper Rundschau, assistant in the musical documentary The Hard-Ons vs Europe(2007) by Klaus Winkler, as well as editor of the broadcast Sweetspot (Radio Orange Vienna). Director of the documentary film Escribir para ser leído (Writing to be read,2010) and cinematographer of the theater performance Zeichensturm (Signstorm, 2011) with deaf performers, directed by Michikazu Matsune. At present, doctorate candidate and lecturer in the Department of Africanology at the University of Vienna.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Me to We Style & the 2011 Junos...

Well, congratulations (and hope this isn't too old news): Me to We Style is the official clothing supplier of the 2011 Juno Awards:

"Me to We Style has teamed up with CARAS/The JUNO Awards to promote and develop the market for environmentally responsible goods and services. Our social enterprise is centered around the Me to We philosophy, which is about improving our lives and our world by reaching out to others. Even small things—like buying a T-shirt—can have a major impact..."

PS: Until March 9th at 5 PM, all you Facebook Page fans of Me to We have a chance to win one of the "Juno through Time" tees, simply by commenting on which one is your favourite.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Canadian Worker Co-op Federation urges government support for conversions to worker co-ops

From the latest OISE/UofT Centre for Study of Education and Work email newsletter:


The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) has called on the federal
government to provide funding to support conversions to worker co-ops.

Appearing before the Standing Committee on Finance on February 15, CWCF
president Alain Bridault and executive director Hazel Corcoran said worker
co-ops could meet the challenge posed by the imminent retirements of large
numbers of "baby boomers".

"We know that with the retirement of very large numbers of workers from the
baby-boomer generation, we shall face a serious problem of manpower
shortages," Mr. Brideault said, adding that the democratic and participatory
nature of worker co-ops would be attractive to potential employees.

See CWCF Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance on February 15, 2011 for more information.

Toronto Anarchist Book Fair, April 16th-17th

I have to say, that's one beautiful poster for the 2011 Toronto Anarchist Book Fair. Here's the actual information:

"It’s time to pause for a minute, think about the city and the world we want to live in, celebrate all we’ve done and make plans for what comes next. It’s time to take inspiration from each other and make connections. It’s time to build bridges in and across our fractured city and our disparate movements. And it’s time to read a few good books.

On April 15th-17th, the Toronto Anarchist Bookfair will be putting forward new theories and kick-starting them into practice with a weekend of workshops, actions, speakers, conversations, new friends, festivities, books and zines. We’re calling out to all anarchist publishers, artists, infoshops, zinesters, activist groups, community organizations and like-minded folks. Tell us what workshops you want to facilitate! Tell us you want to table! Tell us you want to perform! Tell us what other sorts of things you’d like to see happen this year! Dream big!

The Toronto Anarchist bookfair will be held at Steelworkers’ Hall, a barrier-free venue with accessible washrooms. Attendant care, childcare, and food will be available. More details on accessibility will be forthcoming as we put things together, but please get in touch if you have specific questions, thoughts, or requests."

It's not clear whether any TorontoTheBetter members are participating. But I definitely recommend this on behalf of us here regardless...

Check out the event's Facebook page for updates.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Bikes On Wheels opens second location on Queen West

To celebrate the opening of their second shop, Bikes On Wheels is offering 10% off and a free T-shirt with every bike sold from March 3rd to 20th...

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Canada/Honduras Free Trade Agreement-March 11, 7 PM @ Beit Zatoun House

Beit Zatoun House is hosting Human Rights Violations and the pursuit of Profit...

Friday March 11, 7:00pm
Beit Zatoun House - 612 Markham Street (at Bathurst Subway Station), Toronto, ON
INFO: 647-984-6525

Public forum on the role of the Canadian Government in undermining human and civil rights through its free trade agenda.

Featuring special guest speakers:

An award winning Honduran human rights defender whose life was forever changed with the kidnapping and forced disappearance of her husband Tomas Nativí in June 1981. Ms. Oliva was a founding member, and is currently General Coordinator, of the Honduran Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared, COFADEH based in Tegucigalpa. She is the recipient of several international awards including the IPS Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, and the Human Rights Tulip in the Netherlands.

Coordinator of the Honduran Centre for the Promotion of Community Development (CEHPRODEC) and a member of the Honduran Agrarian Platform. An historian, philosopher and social analyst, Mr. Landa served as Deputy Director of Caritas Tegucigalpa between 1991 and June 2010, where he developed programs aimed at combating poverty and corruption, and promoting and defending the rights of vulnerable sectors of the population. His work also includes documenting the environmental impacts of the San Martin Mine a project operated by Canadian mining giant Goldcorp in Honduras’ Siria Valley.

Opening Remarks by Todd Gordon: Professor of Political Science - York University, author of "Imperialist Canada"

ORGANIZED BY: Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network-Honduras Working Group

SPONSORS: Americas Policy Group, Common Frontiers, CUPE Ontario-International Solidarity Committee, Development and Peace-Toronto Archdiocesan Council, Latin American Trade Unionist Coalition-LATUC, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation-OSSTF, Ontario Public Service Employees Union-OPSEU, Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Workers Assembly-International Solidarirty Committee.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

International Women's Day 2011 at Beit Zatoun & Toronto Women's Bookstore

Two TorontoTheBetter members are celebrating International Women's Day 2011 with music...

Beit Zatoun House is having a:

Wednesday, March 9; 7-9 PM
Beit Zatoun - 612 Markham Street, Toronto

Celebrate International Women's Day with Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.
A fun evening of delicious treats and music.

Hear the beautiful sounds of jazz duo Brenda Lewis and Margaret Stowe, an
acclaimed Canadian folk singer-songwriter Marianne Girard, soulful sounds of
Nadia Edward, Oriental/Egyptian dance with Kara Culp, and African dance with
Agha Norba.

Suggested donation $10-$20 or pay what you can.

And the Toronto Women's Bookstore is having an:

Thursday, March 3: 7-10 PM
Toronto Women's Bookstore - 73 Harbord Street, Toronto

Mark your calendars! Join us as we kick off this year’s International Women’s Day 100 Year Anniversary celebrations with our LIVE MUSIC NIGHT HOSTED BY RENOWNED COMEDIAN MARTHA CHAVES!

Admission: $5.00 in support of the participating artists
* Fee can also be credited toward any book purchase at the store that evening.

Our Cafe music night concept is about community, music and performance, where the TWB provides the opportunity for emerging and established artists to share the stage. Material submission to