Save the Internet Campaign is Working: Help Us Reach 1 Million Signers!

Save the Internet Campaign is Working: Help Us Reach 1 Million Signers!

This is an update to my previous blog Please Save the World’s Internet Now!

Incredible — 800,000 signers in days, Congress is hesitating, and one Senator will block the vote by reading out our petition for hours!!

919,550 have signed at the time when this blog was posted.

Please help us get to 1 million!

Here is a follow-up letter from the Avaaz team:
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You're Invited: "labo élec-trick" Celebration December 2

You're Invited: "labo élec-trick" Celebration December 2

LABO-ÉLECTRICK

FREE

Donations are Accepted

Friday, 2 December 2011

’25 minutes-25 oscillators’,
Performance by Darsha Hewitt and The Vinyl Den

7pm: Opening
7.30pm: 25 minutes-25 oscillators
8.00: The Vinyl Den

Le Labo
55 Mill Street, Studio 317
Cannery Building, No. 58
Toronto, ON, Canada

RSVP: info@lelabo.ca/416.861.1853

Le Labo invites you to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.
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You're Invited: International Forest Film Festival November 30

You're Invited: International Forest Film Festival November 30

International Forest Film Festival

FREE

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
University of Toronto, Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) will be joining the Ontario Forestry Association and the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto in celebrating the International Year of Forests at the International Forest Film Festival!
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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012: Accepting Applications for Open-Call and Independent Projects Until Dec. 19, 2011 and Feb. 15, 2012, Respectively

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012: Accepting Applications for Open-Call and Independent Projects Until Dec. 19, 2011 and Feb. 15, 2012, Respectively

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: 2011 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche October 1, 6:59 p.m. to Sunrise.

Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2011 was a success in many ways, including:

  • economic impact of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2011 is calculated at $37.2 million,
  • with an additional $4.5-million spillover impact for Ontario beyond Toronto
  • estimated one million people attended, including more than 120,000 out-of-town visitors
  • helps make Toronto an international cultural destination

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012, seventh edition, is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2012.

And the Nuit Blanche advisory committee selected the following curators to commission a series of installations (“Exhibition Projects”) in each of three Exhibition Areas:

  • Janine Marchessault,
  • Michael Prokopow,
  • Christina Ritchie,
  • Helena Reckitt
  • and Shauna McCabe

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche exhibition includes
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The Alternative Port Lands Vision, presented to City of Toronto Executive Committee on September 6, 2011, is a silent video showing the transformation of the Toronto Port Lands from a historical time to a futuristic time – about  three decades from now:

This video shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talking to media reporters in regards to the Port Lands (Sept 21, 2011):

“Over 800 hectares of strategically located land in the heart of Canada’s economic engine – Toronto’s Central Waterfront – are mostly vacant and underused. About 70 per cent of this land is already in public hands.”

Central Waterfront Map

Central Waterfront Map

After much ruminations and discussions, the proposed Part II Plan for the Central Waterfront now requires public consultations in order to proceed towards City Council consideration and approval.

“Making Waves: Principles for Building Toronto’s Waterfront” is the proposed Part II Plan for the Central Waterfront, the City of Toronto framework for making Central Waterfront renewal happen.

Central Waterfront Part II Plan, by Paula M. Dill (Commissioner Urban Development Services) and Paul J. Bedford (Chief Planner and Executive Director City Planning Division), 2001 City of Toronto, is organized around four core principles that will steer the renewal of the Central Waterfront. This will be a multi-decade effort.

CORE PRINCIPLES
Four core principles will act as a framework for the renewal of the Central Waterfront:
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Please Urge Your MP to Attend “What’s Next: How Do We Address Poverty in Canada?" Dec. 5, 2011

Please Urge Your MP to Attend “What’s Next: How Do We Address Poverty in Canada?" Dec. 5, 2011

Here is a very important message to Canadians from the Dignity for All campaign team:

On Monday Dec. 5th from 5:30 – 7p.m., the Dignity for All campaign for a poverty-free Canada is hosting “What’s Next: How Do We Address Poverty in Canada?” in Ottawa.

With an aim to encourage national conversation on poverty issues, the event will feature a panel discussion and Q&A with MPs, a person with lived experience of poverty, and a representative from the Dignity for All campaign.

The discussion will be moderated by CBC’s Laurie Fagan.

You can help make this event a success by encouraging your MP to attend!

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This documentary video, put together by Mike and Luke Sargent, highlights the issues affecting the urban forest in Toronto and what LEAF – Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests is doing to foster a sense of stewardship amongst our residents:

Here is a letter  from LEAF – Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests – urging Canadians in Toronto, Ontario, to let Councillors know before Tuesday, November 29th, that healthy trees are a priority in your neighbourhoods which require tree protection and planting:

“11/24/2011

Dear friends and supporters,

At the end of November 2011, Toronto City Council will begin reviewing the 2012 budget that will affect many of our city services. There will be urban forest items on the City Council meeting agenda scheduled for November 29th and 30th. Please let your Councillor know today that healthy trees are a priority in your neighbourhood! Here are some points to consider:

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