Alliance Française de Toronto – Galerie Pierre Léon
24 Spadina Road
This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: CONTACT Photography Festival April 28 – May 2012.
You’re invited to the following FREE Featured Exhibition of CONTACT Photography Festival at the Alliance Française Gallery: (please be advised that this film exhibition presents grainy and unrefined aesthetic images of a female swimmer in her “birth-day suit”)
SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Par/By Elisa Julia Gilmour et / and Gemma Warren
Vernissage le mardi 1 mai, 18h30–20h30 / Opening Reception on Tuesday, May 1, 6:30–8:30pm
From Tuesday, May 01 2012 / Début Mardi 1 Mai 2012
To Friday, June 01 2012 / Fin Vendredi 1 Juin 2012
Admission / Entrée: FREE / GRATUIT
“Spring Ephemerals: Ontario’s Native Wildflowers”
A stereoscopic exploration of a little-known aspect
of our ecological heritage
4th Friday – Friday, May 25, 5-9 pm
Fourth Fridays in Downtown Guelph
Guelph Civic Museum
52 Norfolk Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8
Fourth Fridays in Downtown Guelph in Ontario, Canada, is an event wherein a variety of artistic happenings are FREE on every fourth Friday of the month,
As part of the Fourth Fridays in Downtown Guelph, Guelph Civic Museum invites you to:
CONTACT is an annual festival of photography in Toronto, during the month of May, with over 1000 local, national and international artists exhibiting at more than 200 venues.
CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.
‘Stimulated by the renewed global interest in street photography, this year’s festival explores the theme “Public” in a series of exhibitions, site-specific installations, and events across the city.
Drawing attention to social and political issues that are framed by photographic images, the works presented challenge the distinctions between our private lives and the public sphere.
CONTACT 2012 highlights how photography shapes collective experience and makes things public.”
Here are some FREE Events of Contact 2012:
Here is an emergency request from the Avaaz team urging us to petition Bayer to stop selling one group of pesticides in order to save bees from extinction.
- At the time of this blog posting, 716,136 people have signed. Please help us get to 750,000 signatures on the petition which can be accessed in the letter below:
Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer stops selling one group of pesticides, we could save bees from extinction.
Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Now, massive global pressure from Avaaz and others has forced them to consider the facts — and in 24 hours, Bayer shareholders will vote on a motion that could stop these toxic chemicals. Let’s all act now and shame the shareholders to stop killing bees.
The pressure is working, and this is our best chance to save the bees. Sign the urgent petition and send this to everyone — let’s reach half a million signers and deliver it directly to shareholders tomorrow in Germany!
Bees don’t just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 90% of plants and crops — with an estimated $40bn value, over one-third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.
Did you know that trees provide health, economic and environmental benefits to you and your neighbourhood?
Trees in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
- can store 2.6 tons of carbon (pollution) per acre of trees annually,
- and concomitantly gives enough oxygen daily for 18 people
- provide relief for city residents by softening the harsh texture of concrete buildings and landscape
- offer privacy screens
- provide protection from the sun’s UV rays
- provide natural habitats for birds, insects and other wildlife
- help prevent soil erosion
- also, help prevent flooding
- provide tree canopy so that air temperatures are lowered considerably in streets and parking lots
- City areas without tree cover are known as “heat islands” which can cause cities to be five to nine degrees warmer than surrounding areas.
- boost the City’s image and can help attract residents, tourists and investors
- can increase the value of homes significantly
- deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides of a house can reduce air conditioning needs substantially
- evergreens planted on the north side of a house act as windbreaks, lowering winter heating costs by up to 10 per cent
- for every 5 per cent of tree cover area added to a community, storm water run-off is reduced by approximately 2 per cent
- in 50 years, one tree can:
- generate $30,000 in oxygen,
- recycle $35,000 of water,
- and eliminate pollutants that would otherwise cost $60,000 to remove from the air
Thus, trees “with their health, economic and environmental benefits are the lifelines of our city.”
You are invited to the following great tree planting events in Ontario, Canada: