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Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Events in Toronto

In this email:

  • Firsthand account of Capture at Sea of the Canadian Boat to Gaza
  • VOW delegate Report back from UN CSW and Pot Luck Dinner
  • Greenscreens
  • How to boil a frog; Make Friends, Make Fun, Make Trouble


Firsthand account of Capture at Sea of the Canadian Boat to Gaza 

Please join us to hear Ehab Lotayef (a Montreal engineer) and David Heap (a  London, ON academic) give their firsthand accounts of the Freedom Waves  to Gaza in November, when Irish and Canadian boats tried to break the  Israeli blockade of  Gaza.

Both were on board the Canadian boat, the Tahrir, when it was seized by the Israeli navy in international waters.  Freedom Waves is part of an ongoing global solidarity movement  challenging the blockade of Gaza and working for the freedom for  Palestine.

When: Sunday March 25, 2012
Time: 1: 00 PM
Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street,  Toronto

Admission: $10 or pay what you can.


VOW delegates Report Back from  United Nations 56th session of the Commission on the Status Women

                      Join us for Pot Luck dinner AND an exciting evening of information and entertainment


60 Lowther Street, Toronto, Ontario

Wednesday, April 11

Doors open at 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Suggested donation $10-$20 or pay as you can

potluck dinner (pasta entree included, please bring a salad, appetizer, dessert or beverage to share)




MONDAY MARCH 26TH, 6:30 – 9:30 pm Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave.  $15 – $25 or pwyc.  Register:

Want to know how to promote your event, and get it covered in the news? Come out to a workshop with Ulli Diemer a former journalist who now works for Sources ( Sources helps organizations get media coverage for their issues and points of view by connecting them with journalists looking for sources and spokespersons. Ulli is also co-ordinator of Connexions (, an information portal for people working for social justice. Ulli’s personal website, Radical Digressions, is at


OUTREACH SKILLS AND ALTERNATIVE MEDIA –Monday April 2nd, 6:30 – 9:30 pm      Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave.  $15 – $25 or pwyc.  Register:

Gelek Badheytsang is a Tibetan refugee who was born in Nepal and moved to Toronto, Canada in 2001. Owing to his background, interests and skills, he has accumulated a wide range of experience working in areas such as community development, youth empowerment, immigration, environment, art, human rights and activism. He was a board member of Students for a Free Tibet Canada, and was one of the main organizers of their campaigns in Toronto during the Beijing Olympics 2008. Gelek dabbles in photography and writing, some of which have slipped out of his computer and into publication and exhibition. He was selected as a member of Maytree and Toronto City Summit Alliance’s DiverseCity Fellows 2010. He is a blogger for Toronto Star’s “Your City, My City” section. He was the Communications Director of Greenest City, a community and environmental organization based in Parkdale in 2009 – 2010.

LOBBYING AND LETTER WRITING –  Monday April 16th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm                           Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave.  $15 – $25 or pwyc.


Cheryl McNamara is a writer and communications strategist. She is currently the volunteer Communications Officer and Toronto Group Leader for the Citizens Climate Lobby Canada. In addition to meeting with members of Parliament and the Ontario Legislature, and writing numerous op-eds and letters to the editor, Cheryl has lobbied the World Bank and US Senators and their aides. Cheryl has worked for several not-for-profit organizations focused on disability issues and the arts. In her spare time, Cheryl writes plays. Workshop will cover: relationship building, listening, focused appeals, letter writing, letters to the editor and media relations.

USING NEW TECHNOLOGY – Monday April 23rd, 6:30 – 9:30 pm  TBC


PEACEWORKS is a social change training initiative of Toronto Quakers with community partners: Voice of Women, Greenspiration, and Toronto Climate Campaign





Viewings sponsored by Toronto Climate Campaign and the Peace and Social Action Committee of Toronto Friends Meeting (Quakers)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Donation/PWYC screening of SPOIL

Enbridge Inc. is planning to build a pipeline for heavy crude oil from the Alberta tar sands across B.C. to the coast of the pristine Great Bear Rainforest.  The proposed Enbridge Gateway pipeline project would put one of our planet’s most ecologically-sensitive and intact marine ecosystems at risk for a catastrophic oil spill through increased mega tanker traffic. The International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) teamed up with Pacific Wild, the Gitga’at First Nation of B.C., LightHawk, TidesCanada, Save our Seas Foundation, Sierra Club BC, and the Dogwood Initiative to carry out a Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (RAVE) in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. The 14-day expedition to the Great Bear Rainforest called upon 7 world-renowned photographers and 3 videographers to thoroughly document the region’s landscapes, wildlife and culture. The RAVE provided media support to the First Nations and environmental groups seeking to stop the proposed Enbridge Gateway pipeline project (and thus expansion of the tar sands).  See  Friends’ House, 60 Lowther, 7 pm  (By donation $3-$5 suggested)



Friday April 20th, 7 pm

How to boil a frog; Make Friends, Make Fun, Make Trouble

Donation/PWYC screening

How to Boil a Frog is a feature-length eco-comedy that mixes rapid-fire humor and hard-hitting facts to show the consequences of “overshoot” — too many people using up too little planet — and what it means for our future. With an upfront ‘Everyman’ approach, smart writing, world-class experts, and iconoclastic humor, How to Boil a Frog gives us the scoop on the imminent end of the world as we know it and  five surprising ways you can save civilization — while laughing along the way.

Friends’ House, 60 Lowther, 7 pm  (By donation $3-$5 suggested)



FOR MORE INFO OR TO GET INVOLVED:, or 416-731-6605 (Lyn A.)