Community Listings: November 25th – November 29th

Community Listings: November 25th – November 29th 

Open More Shelter Space Now!

Toronto’s Homeless Shelters are Full – Open More Shelter Space Now: Breakfast & Rally on Wednesday December 4th starting at 9:00 AM at Toronto City Hall located at Bay and Queen.

Last winter, OCAP took action to challenge overcrowding in the shelters. The City responded by promising, in April, to ensure that their facilities would operate at a maximum occupancy of 90%.

They had the option to open up new space immediately. But instead the immediate response by Hostel Services was to lie down ‘flex beds’ and try and cram more people into the shelters. Even with this sad attempt to make the numbers look better, the City has failed for 8 consecutive months to abide by its own 90% capacity standard. The crowding is getting worse as the weather gets colder and the risk of street deaths increases.

On December 4th, the Community Development and Recreation Committee of City Council is meeting once again. They will be receiving a report from their staff on measures to deal with the crisis in the shelters. OCAP and others in the community will be going to the Committee meeting to demand no further delays – the City must open more shelters immediately to ensure no one else has to die on the streets. Please come out in solidarity.

For more information you can call 416-925-6939 or e-mail ocap@tao.ca

Film screening: Blueberry Soup: How Iceland changed the way we think about the world

This is happening on Tuesday, December 3rd at the Rogers Communications Centre located at 80 Gould Street at Ryerson University.

Blueberry Soup is an extraordinary documentary about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008. This is a not-well-known-story of grassroots constitutionalism, which may be a lesson or an inspiration to the rest of the world.

The film is a deeply touching account of an eclectic group of individuals reinventing democracy through the rewriting of the nation’s constitution, proving that Iceland is not a broken country but instead an intricate web of concerns, ideas, and ultimately creative solutions.

The film screening is “pay what you can” and will be followed by a Q+A. There is an after party at Cabin Fever Collective at 1669 Bloor Street West.

So come out and join them for a screening and after party on Tuesday, December 3rd at the Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson University.

Get Screened: Callout for Trans identified volunteers

If you are passionate about health care for trans* communities, then Get Screened may be for you! Get Screened is looking for trans* volunteers to talk to their friends and communities about the importance of finding colon, breast/chest and cervical cancers early by getting screened.

Get Screened volunteers are:

-Trans* identified, Passionate about health care in Two Spirit, transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming communities

– Well-networked in trans* communities, Interested in spreading the word about the importance of colon, breast/chest and cervical cancer screening

– Friendly, talkative, compassionate, respectful of confidentiality Volunteers will have opportunities to gain:

– Knowledge and resources on cancer screening in trans* communities

– Health promotion and communication skills

– Event planning and group presentation skills

– Leadership skills Training will take place mid-December. Staff support, meals, a certificate, and TTC tokens for trainings will be provided.

Contact us if:

– You want to volunteer

– Have questions

– You are not trans* but want to get involved in cancer screening in LGBTQ communities

Contact Arti Mehta for more information at amehta@ontario.cancer.ca or 416-323-7071.

Keep Tar Sands Pipeline out of Ontario

Just last week, the Ontario government announced that it would hold public consultations on TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline. This is great news for people who have serious concerns about this pipeline.

Running from Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick, Energy East is the largest pipeline under consideration in Canada. The pipeline would ship 1.1 million barrels of crude per day, far surpassing controversial pipeline proposals such as Keystone XL.The TransCanada project involves many risks and questionable benefits for Ontario. The Energy East pipeline threatens Ontario with a devastating diluted bitumen spill, puts Ontario’s gas supply at risk and facilitates reckless expansion in the tar sands. Now’s the time to take action. Write to Premier Wynne and tell her why you’re concerned about Energy East.

For more information you can contact Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner for the Council of Canadians or find out more at http://www.canadians.org

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