Monday, 26 January 2015

Whose Sports? Our Sports - TorontotheBetter's first In Canada community soccer initiative under way in Jane-Keele-Finch corridor

TorontotheBetter is pleased to announce its partnership, as Red Panamericana Toronto, with the Hispanic Development Council and Toronto Azzurri Youth Sports Villa to create Canada's first Cruyff Court. part of a world-wide family of inner-city soccer facilities pioneered by Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff. Canada's first Cruyff Court will be located on the Toronto Azzurri fields at the Keele Reservoir near the Jane-Finch neighbourhood. The outcome will be more Torontonians enjoying safe and inclusive recreational soccer according to the 14 Fair Play Cruyff principles in their own neighbourhoods. Toronto's Cruyff Court represents the sports component of TorontotheBetter's "Whose Toronto? Our Toronto" vision.  

for more about Cruyff Courts see:
and check out Red Panamericana partners the Hispanic Development Council 
at and Toronto Azzurri at

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Let Them Stay Week 2015 

Join us for a letter-writing evening with
Joshua Key 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 7:00 p.m. 
Steelworkers Hall 
25 Cecil Street 

PLEASE JOIN US next Wednesday evening at the Steelworkers Hall to hear from U.S. war resister Joshua Key, who will be in town with his partner, Alexina, as part of Let Them Stay Week, 2015.  Joshua's story was told in The Deserter's Tale which he wrote with acclaimed author Lawrence Hill. 

We will be writing letters to Minister of Immigration Chris Alexander, as well as letters to our own Members of Parliament, urging an end to the deportation of US war resisters. 

Refreshments will be served. 

For more information on Let Them Stay Week, 2015 

Monday, 12 January 2015

GTA Co-op Connections Conference, Un-conference & Networking Event March 7th 2015

A great event for GTA co-ops courtesy of the Ontario Co-operative Assocaition:

GTA Co-op Connections - Conference, Un-conference & Networking Event

9am-5pm, Saturday, March 7, 2015
Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst St., Toronto

Last October, representatives from more than 50 GTA co-operatives participated in roundtable discussions on how co-ops of all types might work together to better support one another and further advance the co-op alternative.

The discussions were lively, informative and inspiring – and the GTA Co-op Connections event on Saturday, March 7 is the result.

The Co-op Connections event will be:
1) A conference with featured presentations;
2) An “un-conference”, meaning part of the agenda will be set by participants in advance and on-site; and
3) A networking opportunity for leaders, innovators, staff and volunteers from all types of co-ops.

Participants will have numerous opportunities for learning, sharing, discussion and brainstorming. And we hope one or more people from your co-op, credit union or stakeholder organization can be part of this event.

The registration fee includes lunch and refreshments. We have an early bird registration rate before February 16, plus further discounts for two or more registrants from the same co-op or organization.

Please share this with fellow staff, directors, members and friends. Register as soon as possible to take advantage of these discounts.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to get in touch:

Thursday, 1 January 2015

There Is An Alternative to this season of very merry consumerism - buy from the Zapatistas and other social economy alternatives

Fed up with the annual North American of orgy of buying and selling?. As well as TorontotheBetter's social economy directory in Toronto there are other alternatives. The following was just received from TorontotheBetter fellow-worker Shawn Pelletier.
Dear Friends
         I have been waiting a decade to be able to buy Zapatista products directly from the Zapatista's. Finally, I've found a website project that has made this possible.
         So why should we buy from the Zapatistas? Money raised by the sale of local Zapatista products goes into supporting development projects in Zapatista communities. This means the building of schools, water treatment facilities, hospitals, homes, production facilities, farms and meeting halls to support the Zapatista community democracies. The Zapatistas offer the citizens of their communities many human rights including; food, housing, medicine, education, information, land, etc. Though these services are provided for free to Zapatista citizens, they are not free for the democratic government in Zapatista communties.
Anyways, the Zapatistas are awesome and the most powerful force on this planet today striving to create a world much along the lines of the values held by the wobblies.
Here is the online store and info