Sunday, 24 December 2017

New economy - join TorontotheBetter and the Commons Transition movement

As resistance to the social and environmental ravages of the old growth and private interest economy grows TorontotheBetter is pleased to announce its support for new economy ally the Commons Transition. Before we get where we want to go - a collaborative world of equal opportunity and outcomes for all we have to bridge the divide between there and here. The Commons Transition provides many resources for those who want to join us on the journey. For an intro to the Commons Transition initiative see the video We're All in This Together from En Commun, Barcelona.
And for what's new in Toronto's social economy check our directory at

Saturday, 2 December 2017

From People's Car to "corporate car"? - update on the threat to Ontario's original non-profit carshare co-op

Despite a narrow recent vote to continue with the transfer of all Community Carshare (formerly People's Car) assets to a for-profit corporation dissident carshare members have come together to fight the takeover and maintain a democratic local carshare in their community. Stay tuned to this space for ongoing developments and/or contact

TorontotheBetter 's 2017 Holiday Message. Consumer Choices: v. Real Choices for a better world

Buy Less and Buy Better - Support a "Real Growth" economy
 "CHOICES": cars, pets, appliances, cosmetics -  things that  support "Growth" ..."Santa" may allow some of these to some of us.
REAL CHOICES:  Solidarity with the oppressed like these tired workers churning out fake elves to ship overseas. More equality, Environmental protection, Respect for all genders, No export of our waste....These support Real Growth, like clean air, water and land, dignity at work and happiness for all. "Santa" won't give us these; we must fight for them and they're daily, not just holiday priorities.  
* For  anything you really have to buy choose from the many social suppliers listed in our TorontotheBettter Directory, since 2004 Toronto's original online social economy directory. TorontotheBetter has long suppported a no sweatshop economy.As Tom Malleson from York University writes of Consumerism in a recent book, "There is something wrong - indeed pathological - about a society that puts consumption on a pedestal as the ultimate purpose of life." [Fired Up About Capitalism p.64 (available from your local public library or for purchase by email request to]

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