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Living Downstream Premiere in Toronto On Tuesday! [17 May 2010|02:41pm]
LIVING DOWNSTREAM | a feature documentary about cancer and the environment | www.livingdownstream.com
Tomorrow is the Canadian Premiere of
Living Downstream
 Co-Presented by
Tuesday May 18, 2010
7:30 pm
506 Bloor Street West Toronto, Ontario 
If you have purchased your advance tickets, this is a reminder that the screening will take place tomorrow.
If you have not purchased tickets, you can still buy them through: 
Brown Paper Tickets: Advance tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets until the end of the day on Monday May 17. If you have not received physical tickets for your online purchase before the screening, they can be picked up at the will call table located inside the front doors of the Bloor Cinema starting one hour before the premiere.
Book City: Advance tickets are available for purchase in-person at all Book City locations until noon on Tuesday May 18.
Bloor Cinema Box Office: Remaining tickets will be sold at the Bloor Cinema box office starting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday May 18.
Q&A session with Sandra Steingraber and Chanda Chevannes to follow the screening. A book signing of the newly released second edition of Living Downstream will be hosted by Book City.*
Please forward this email to anyone you know who may be interested in attending this special event.
Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and reproductive health. Based on Sandra's acclaimed book, Living Downstream is an eloquent and cinematic feature-length documentary.  This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. 
This screening coincides with the release of the second edition of the book by Da Capo Press, which has been significantly rewritten with all the latest scientific evidence.

Please visit www.livingdownstream.com for more information on Living Downstream and the screening.
Directed by: Chanda Chevannes  Produced by: Chanda Chevannes and Nathan Shields  Edited by: Nathan Shields
Director of Photography: Benjamin Gervais  Sound Designer: J.R. Fountain  Sound Editor: Trent Richmond
Original Music Composed and Performed by: Randall Wallace  Based on the book by: Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.
Living Downstream is produced by The People’s Picture Company with generous support from The Ceres Trust, Kendeda Sustainability Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Park Foundation, Canadian Auto Workers Union – Social Justice Fund, The Cancer Prevention Challenge (Ya Ya Sistahs & Bruddahs Too! and Team Vitality), Doris Cadoux and Hal Schwartz, and Saunders-Matthey Cancer Prevention Coalition. Produced in Association with Women's Healthy Environments Network.
*The book signing will take place at the Bloor Cinema after the screening. Only cash, Visa, or Master Card will be accepted for book purchases.
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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup - tomorrow. [15 Sep 2007|09:42pm]

Sorry, this is a little late for notice, but tomorrow if you're looking for something to do, come out to Tommy Thompson Park for the cleanup, planned from 10am - whenever.

Here are the details:

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is an annual event aimed at increasing awareness of the ecological importance/ sensitivities of shorelines across the country as well as physically removing debris that can kill wildlife. More info:

Whether you can make it out to the event below or not, I encourage you to search out the events map on the website above and join a group in your area OR simply tidy up a bit of shoreline (ocean, lake, river, creek, whatever) in your area. This is the second larges clean up of almost 90 participating countries in the world. Last year, the cleanup removed 84,708 kg of shoreline litter from 966 sites across Canada. Items removed have included BBQ’s (14 in 06), Celine Dion CDs, an entire living room set, a gun barrel, an evidence bag with items in it, and a toilet seat nailed to a lawn chair.

Come out, spruce up your ecological gems and save some little lives!

Toronto Event: Tommy Thompson Park
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2007
Time: 10:00am – whenever, likely noon or one
Location: Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto
Street: Base of Leslie St south of Lakeshore.
Meet: from 9:45-10am at Tim Hortons, NW corner of Leslie and Lakeshore (attached to a Wendies).

We’ll journey south to Tommy Thompson Park and start cleaning. Another group is scheduled to come in on Monday and clean from the fork forward into the lake. Garbage bags are to be left along the road in Tommy Thompson, the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority has graciously offered to pick up bagged trash (thank you Karen!!!). Recyclables are to be put in clear plastic bags provided and removed by hand.

Grubby clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
Work gloves if you have them
One garbage bag
Bottle of water (you’ll be working in the sun, don’t make me go mom on you)
Bag lunch
Rubber boots if you have them

Sign the wavers provided on site.
Be careful.
DO NOT pick up medical waste with your bare hands, these could be infected with stuff you don’t want.
WEAR GLOVES at all times.
Go slow to avoid injury.
Work in teams and keep an eye on each other.
Help catalogue the findings to report back to the clean up.

The prizes:
1st person arrival at Hortons
Strangest object found
First bag filled

Whatever you can do is exactly what you should do.
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The Great Canadian Shore Clean-Up [28 Aug 2007|02:01pm]

Hello my fellow greenies!

Someone had posted regarding registration having opened up for the shore clean-up awhile ago, or something similar, and I decided to register a site and become a site leader.

The site information is as follows:

Site name: Chalkfarm Community, Black Creek
Location: North York
Date and Time: Friday September 21st and 2pm.

Take the subway to Finch station (at Yonge Street). Take the 39 Finch EAST bus to Willowdale Avenue (Main street with lights). Walk south on Willowdale and the site is south of Olive Avenue and North of Holmes Avenue.

If you want to travel as a group, rather than solo, please meet at Seneca College in the Senecentre at 1:30pm and we will take the bus together.

Seneca - Newnham Campus: 1750 Finch Ave. East. Located on the north side of Finch Avenue at Hwy. 404 (Don Valley Parkway) and Finch Avenue East. From Finch Subway: take the 39 Finch East bus (express or regular both take you to the campus). Get off at the 1st stop past the 2 Don Mills stops - Seneca Hill Road. From Don Mills Subway: take the 25 Don Mills North bus to Finch. Walk East past the No Frills until you reach the campus (about 1 block).

Recycling and garbage bags, gloves, pencils and data cards are all provided.

Register as a participant at http://www.vanaqua.org/cleanup/home.php

I can be contact at cderosier@mail.com or leave a comment

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Dispose, donate? What do you do with cosmetic/hygenic products you no longer want? [14 Aug 2007|03:30pm]


Does anyone know what you can do with cosmetic/hygenic products one no longer uses such as part bottles of shampoo, moisturizer, bath suds and the like?

I'm phasing out the use of personal care products with moderate and high levels of toxicity (products containing phalates, chemical fragrance, etc.). Some of them that I know I'm never going to use again I just put in a bag to go...where?

Can I donate them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill?

Pawning them off on people isn't going to work.

Am I going to have to pour out the contents in the garbage or sink and recycle the bottles? That's the option I'm trying to avoid seeing as I consider these products too toxic to use on myself any lonnger, how can I "release them into the wild"? Don't question the hypocrisy of me wanting other people to have them absorbed into their blood stream.

Any ideas???
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[04 Jul 2007|12:21pm]

Flying above Toronto. Panoramas.
Timofey Yuriev

Yesterday I went to fly in Toronto Sky / Canada. Here and here are some pictures from this trip. I hope you’ll enjoy it! :)

Timofey Yuriev

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[29 May 2007|09:57pm]

I don't know if this applies to all No Frills, but I just earned 50 PC Points on my PC card JUST for using my PC reusable grocery bag that I got at the Green Living Show (I'm sure you can buy them around if you don't have one). So, there's a little extra incentive for you guys to take your reusable bags on your shopping trips!
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Al Gore tickets [23 Apr 2007|11:40pm]
I have two general admission tickets that I will unfortunately not be able to use due to unforeseen circumstances.

They cost 95 dollars, plus tax and additional service charges, so my husband and I are looking to get our money back (~240). The show is sold out, so if you could help us out, we'd be very happy.

Once again, they are general admission, and information about the even can be found at


Please let me know if you are interested.

Thanks a lot,

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Great Canadian Shoreline Clean up! [21 Apr 2007|10:38pm]


Just thought this might be of interest... the annual "Great Canadian Shoreline Clean up"

there are still some locations that can be taken by willing coordinators and others that are looking for participants in and around Toronto! Think Don River, Humber, Highland Creek etc...

Interested in helping with the clean up?


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Community Clean-up day [27 Mar 2007|09:54am]

Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone was planning a group or wanted to join a group for the Toronto Community Clean-up on Saturday April 21st?

I live in the St.Clair & Dufferin area, but I'd be happy to work (even prefer) to clean-up elsewhere.

The city recommends the work be done before 2pm, so it would be a short morning/early afternoon activity.

I really want to do this & I'd enjoy it more with other people! Anyone interested can comment or email me at cderosier@mail.com


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[10 Mar 2007|08:43am]

Sorry about the late announcement, but I just got the word.....

Al Gore to present An Inconvenient Truth in Toronto:


Tix on sale Saturday morning (today) at 10am, for $95.

According to CityTV: Gore, who won an
Oscar last month for his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", will be presenting his award-winning film at the Citytv-sponsored Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place on April 28th. 

*edit* Does anyone know if Gore will actually in Toronto again, or if it's just a showing of his film?
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Canadians for Kyoto Rally [02 Mar 2007|09:59pm]

There will be a Rally for Kyoto on March 11th, 2007 at 12 noon at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto in support of Canada fulfilling its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol to cut greenhouse gases. The rally is organized by Canadians for Kyoto, and is sponsored by a wide variety of groups including the World Wildlife Fund, the Ontario Federation of Labour, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition and the Educators for Peace and Justice.

Speakers at the rally include John Bennett, Executive Director, Climate Action Network; Keith Stewart, Climate Change Campaign Manager WWF Canada; Jose Etcheverry, Research and Policy Analyst, Climate Change Program, David Suzuki Foundation; Cameron Stiff, Founding Member, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Olivia Chow MP and Maria Minna MP. Politicians from all parties have been invited and Juno award winners Richard Underhill, Madagascar Slim, Matt Barber, and a very special platinum selling musical guest will be among the musical entertainers.

Canadians for Kyoto urge everyone to come out with friends and family to show their concern about climate change and to call for Canada to fulfill its international obligations and take positive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Canadians for Kyoto website is at http://www.canadiansforkyoto.com

People are encouraged to make their own signs for the rally. Canadians for Kyoto have organized two sign making events for anyone who would like to attend at the Ralph Thornton Centre at 765 Queen St. East, two blocks east of Broadview Avenue, on Thursday March 1st, 6 to 9pm (over), and Sunday March 4th, 10 am to 12 noon. If you have materials you are asked to bring them. If anyone would like to volunteer to assist with organizing and publicizing the rally go to http://www.canadiansforkyoto.com/volunteers.html

This page is also where you can download posters and emails for the rally and view our group events listing.

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x-posted to my community actionalerts
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freeTOreuse a better choice than American freecycleto - freecycle Toronto [16 Nov 2006|05:34am]

freeTOreuse a better choice than American freecycleto - freecycle Toronto

freeTOreuse is a Toronto Reusable Social Networking group of over 5500 members where each and every day people give of what they no longer use to those who have a need and reuse.

The owners of freeTOreuse both born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada do not charge for this service as well as they do not make any monetary gain or profit for the work that they do.

Unlike freecycle a nonprofit corporation in the state of Arizona - The Freecycle Network who run freecycle Toronto - freecycleto who's founder Deron Beal has received $130,000 American Dollars from WM Waste Management.

Here is some more about freecycle for those who need to know and be forewarned http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freecycle_Network read it in its entirety.

Why would anyone want to support freecycle who are going to make money off of those items that you are going to give away for free? We sure don't know but maybe it is because those who join freecycle do not know what they are getting themselves into until it is too late. Well we think it is never too late!

At least ways for those of us Canadians in Toronto, Ontario who want to keep our cash north of the border! You have an option! Come join freeTOreuse today and bring more than just a smile but also bring those Canadian owned items and keep those belongings that you no longer want to use but want to reuse in Canada.

Join freeTOreuse today and bring a smile. :)


It's free stuff Toronto - Toronto free stuff

Evolution dictates change and reusable social networking is that change!

It is our hope that some day everyone in Ontario will "reuse locally and accept socially" that is our motto!

Check out our freeTOreuse CAFE for more groups in Ontario


Founders :)


Please support Reusable Social Networking that was founded by us in Canada for Canadians by blogging this message or adding an url to your web site. You may circulate this message and get the word out by sending it out. Thank you! :)
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No environmental assessments?! [15 Jun 2006|02:32pm]

The Ontario government has exempted itself from a law requiring a full environmental assessment for its plan to spend up to $83-billion on nuclear plants and fixing the province's aging electricity system.

Read the story here...

I'm going to write Energy Minister Dwight Duncan a letter & give him a piece of my (rational) mind.
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29th of April: Tree Planting THIS weekend [25 Apr 2006|11:51pm]

[ mood | Effling damned exam week... ]

This post is copy and pasted from phenix_in_flame's post in toronto:

Trees Across Toronto is a volunteer event on Saturday, April 29 at 10am. It is put on by the City of Toronto's Tree Advocacy Planting Program.

There are 5 sites:
- Colonel Sam Smith Park (S. of Lakeshore Blvd at Kipling Ave)
- Earl Bales Park (Bathurst St & Sheppard Ave W)
- Humberwood Parkland (near Finch Ave & Hwy 427)
- McCowan Park (McCowan Rd, north of Eglinton Ave E)
- Sun Valley – Lower Don Valley (O'Connor Dr/ Beechwood Dr)

Planting equipment and materials are provided. For further information call 416-392-LEAF (5323).

Here is the link for more information: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/treeadvocacy.htm


Other local tree-planting or restoration stuff.

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The 20-Minute Toronto Makeover [07 Apr 2006|02:06am]
I saw this being advertised and thought others might be interested...


For someone that lives just outside the city limits I'm not sure how to get involved. Are people just going to go to random spots across the city and pick up litter?? Personally I've always wanted to do a clean-up beside the Lakeshore GO line. Right before the Corporate Gardens the hills are sooo dumpy. I wonder if the GO would go for an idea like that.
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[09 Mar 2006|09:59pm]

hey there, I just discovered this community and I got a little excited! =] Hopefully there will be more posts!!
Anywho, I have an article that I'd like to share. It's the title that really caught my attn... "PSST, BUDDY ... WANNA BUY A NATIONAL FOREST?"
Yes it's an American article, but the globe is our home... everywhere matters! Enjoy... http://www.orlandoweekly.com/features/story.asp?id=10500

- Christine
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Downtown Grapevine [19 Feb 2006|05:21pm]

If you haven't seen it yet, the Grapevine is Toronto's newest community monthly press.  We are entering our fourth month of publication and have already had some terrific feedback from the community.  Grapevine highlights grassroots/alternative issues, youth and community initiatives, and re/previews the local arts and culture scene.  We circulate to 10,000 in the downtown Toronto region, from College to Queen, Yonge to Bathurst (and then some). 

We are looking for:

- a flexible, part time graphics design/layout person (paid hourly/must be a Quark & Photoshop wiz & have experience in publishing)

- writing/illustrations/photography contributions by youth for youth

- writers & submissions (journalistic, editorial, creative, review)

- advertising sales staff (25% commission)

- volunteers (distribution, outreach, creative)

All positions are freelance, some honorariums are available for volunteers.

How to get involved:

1.  Come to our Editorial Planning Meeting armed with your ideas/contributions.  Meet some of our staff, contribute your voice to the Grapevine.  March 1st at 7:00pm at John's Italian Café (27 Baldwin Street).

2.  Email your ideas/questions/resume to  downtowngrapevine@yahoo.ca  or call 647.436.7345 for more information.
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high time mid-afternoon people fly by in the traffic's boom [05 Jan 2006|12:44pm]

Hey there - I'm very excited to have found this community! I grew up in Parkdale and am currently writing a story with environmental implications that's set there. (Living in Montreal at the moment.) I haven't browsed the entries yet or scrolled through the fantastic links, but will get on that shortly. One of my reasons for joining is to learn more about local plant and animal species. For this kind of information, the Toronto Public Space Community's guerrilla gardening site and the Ontario government's site have been helpful so far. But if anyone knows what kinds of grasses grow throughout the city (the most popular sort, and the sort(s) that might push through cracks in the sidewalk), I'd be interested to know.

Looking forward to reading more.
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[11 Dec 2005|08:03pm]

http://www.info-greenparty.ca/petition/ click here if you believe the green party should be in the nationwide debate.
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the eco-bunk awards [05 Dec 2005|09:55am]

This Thursday, the Toronto Environmental Alliance is hosting the 15th annual EcoBunk Awards. This annual event pokes fun at greenwashers, and awards "advertising excellence in confusing the public & compromising the

It's a fundraiser and comedy show.

Thursday, December 8th, 2005
Plaza Flamingo
423 College Street
Show starts at 8:00pm
Doors & Cash Bar opens at 6:30pm
Tickets: $20
To reserve your seat(s) call TEA 416-596-0660

if anyone goes I'd love to hear how it went!
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