Tuesday, 30 August 2011

TorontotheBetter works for the excluded

An online TorontotheBetter survey, conducted for its role in a major University of Toronto research project examining the impact of social enterprise on the marginalized, reveals that 65% of TorontotheBetter enterprises provide services available for, and/or relevant to, Toronto's marginalized groups and individuals. Of these, 38% derive a substantial (30% or more) proportion of their revenue from such services. Respondents' primary recommendations for reducing exclusion (for economic, cultural or physical reasons) were to remove barriers and to increase public awareness of them.TorontotheBetter celebrates participating enterprises working for a better Toronto by removing barriers to inclusion of all kinds.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Creative Works Studio Charity Challenge 2011

Creative Works Studio urges you to...

"Help us kick our fundraising goals into high gear on Sunday October 16, 2011 by walking, jogging, or running a 5K, half marathon or full marathon in support of the Creative Works Studio. If you can’t make it out, you can sponsor somebody who is participating!"

See here for more details...

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Scarborough Community mobilization continues

August 15, 2011
Scarborough mobilized to take actions to improve the community. About 50 people met in 2 different rooms to review what was previously discussed on Affordable Housing, Transit, Employment(Jobs) & Civic Engagement to access services. There has been concern that Atwood on Libraries got a disproportionate amount of attention. Though Scarborough with about 25% of the city's population has only 20 of the 99 libraries. Also Child Care was becoming a bigger issue due to the Core Services Review by Mayor Ford and company for potential cuts(chops)

On the Municipal front; people agreed to give deputations at City Hall on Sept. 19 & 26 saying they "are from Scarborough and that they care about services." (including many listed) In the meantime we will be getting signitures on petitions in August.

Another approaching date is the Oct. 6 Provincial election where people will communicate with candidates about their platform and policies possibly at debates. There are six ridings that overlap Scarborough of the 23 in Toronto and 45 in the GTA.
From TorontotheBetter's Scarborough correspondent - Sonny Yeung

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Sister blog "The Other Mississauga" goes live

As part of its Better Cities Networking programme TorontotheBetter is pleased to welcome our new Mississauga partner blog http://theothermississauga.blogspot.com/, a place for those in Mississauga committed to a better community for all. Our TorontotheBetter includes the GTA.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Ride for Real Food - Bike-a-thon to Kortright Sunday, Sept. 25

The West End Food Co-op's next event sounds like a great one...

"Spend a late-September Sunday enjoying a scenic 30km bike ride through Toronto parks to The Living City Farm at Kortright, farmed by Matchbox Garden & Seed Co., to raise money to open the doors of our non-profit local food store at Queen and Dufferin.

When you get there, eat some great food, get a farm tour, and visit the Kortright Centre for Conservation."

If you're interested, check out their event page for more details...

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Catalyst Centre Labour Walk, August 11th

This Thursday (11 August 2011) the Catalyst Centre will be hosting a walking conversation to retrace the steps of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Canada's first Afro-Canadian union. Meet at Union Station at 6:30 PM for the tour and come to the Royal York Hotel afterwards for further discussion. More details at the rabble.ca event posting.