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Food January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Thursdays, 3pm-7pm. Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market. Quote: "Local farmers (small farms from southern Ontario) sell their organically-grown products, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and breads. Runs all year. Access to the produce farm stands is from the south/side entrance facing the park (not through the main entrance facing the mall)."
Included farms/businesses that don't raise livestock and don't sell animal foods:
- Urban Harvest: 100% certified organic and heirloom seeds, seedlings and garden supplies.
- Forbes Wild Foods: Fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, syrups, vinegars and dry goods.
- Thorpe's Organic Produce Farm: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs, Millgrove ON;
- Plan B Organic Farm CSA: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs.
- Kind Organics: Organic salad blends with herbs & edible flowers, sprouts, micro-greens, baby greens and wheatgrass.
- Niagara Lavender Farm: Organic tree fruits, berries, and lavender. Certified organic. Niagara on the Lake.
- Culture City: Black Bean Tempeh, Soy Tempeh, Soy Natto, Black Bean Natto. Locally made, organic bean, foodstuff.
- Floralora Flowers: Locally grown flowers and foliage for bouquet subscribers, market goers, florists and special event planners. Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Location: 875 Dufferin St, Dufferin Grove Park rink house, near Dufferin St & Dufferin Park Ave, between Bloor St West & College St (map). Info: market(at)dufferinpark.ca, http://www.dufferinpark.ca/market/market.html
Radio Philosophy Health Science Environment/Nature January 3, 2020, Friday, 8:05pm. 99.1 FM. CBC Radio 1 - Ideas - Animals Under the Law. Quote: "Under the eyes of the law, animals that live in our homes or on a farm are 'property.' But there's a growing movement to grant some animals like chimpanzees, elephants and dolphins the status of 'non-human persons'. Harvard Law School doctoral candidate, Jessica Eisen, thinks the law could, and should, go even further. *Originally broadcast on March 22, 2019." Info: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas

Radio Canada January 4, 11, 18, 25, Saturdays, 9:10am. FM 99.1 CBC1 - Politics - The House. Canadian federal political affairs program. Info: http://www.cbc.ca/thehouse, http://www.cbc.ca
Recycling January 4, 2020, Saturday, 10am-1pm. Free. Really Really Free Market Toronto. Usually the first Saturday of each month. Visit time limit: 2 hours. Quote: "Really Really Free Market, ... @ Campbell Park, 195 Campbell Avenue (10 minute walk from Landsdowne Station). No money. No barter. No trade. Everything is free. If you wish to make a contribution, remember: a) although we're open until 4pm, we can't accept any new items after 3pm b) please only bring items that are clean and in working condition c) we can't accept furniture and other large items, unless you leave your contact info and are available to pick up your large item(s) if it's not taken by the end of the market. No baby car seats, please. We do have a one-shopping-cart/person and two-shopping-carts/family limit; but after 3 pm, you may take a carload if you wish! Any questions?--please write to rrfmarket@gmail.com. (Do not direct reply to this post.) Hope to see you there."
Location: Campbell Park, 255 Campbell Ave, west on Dupont past Lansdowne, south on Campbell, near Wallace Ave (map). Info: https://twitter.com/search?q=%40RRFMcampbellprk&src=typd, http://rrfmarket.blogspot.ca/
History Environment/Nature Walk January 4, 2020, Saturday, Tuesday, 10am. Free? TFN Nature Walk - Humber Bay Park. Start: Bus loop on Marine Parade Dr.
Quote:"Brave the cold with Bob Kortright and visit with the birds spending time at Humber Bay Park. Meet at the bus loop on Marine Parade Dr, 20 metres southeast of Lake Shore Blvd W for a circular walk on mostly paved surfaces, flat with some gentle slopes. Route will be determined by the weather and where the best birds are. Bring binoculars and dress warmly. Washrooms at the end. This walk is only one of more than 140 that TFN will host this year alone! TFN members enjoy a complete listing of walks in our newsletter. Not a member? Learn more about the benefits of membership now! Please tag any photos you take on this walk with #TFNWalk so that we can all live vicariously through your lens."
Info: Toronto Field Naturalists, 416-593-2656 (Office Hrs: Fridays am), http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/, https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/walks/
Radio January 4, 11, 18, 25, Saturdays, 10:05am. FM 99.1. CBC1 News Magazine - Day Six. Info: http://www.cbc.ca/day6/
Radio January 4, 11, 18, 25, Saturdays, 10:30am-11am. Ryerson CJRU AM1280 Radio. Toronto Vegetarian Association Program: Veg Out Podcast. Recorded Saturdays. Broadcast Saturdays 10:30am-11am and Mondays 7:30pm-8pm. Podcasts available. Info: https://veg.ca/category/toronto-vegetarian-podcast/, http://www.thescopeatryerson.ca/en/thescope/shows/806/Veg-Out.htm,
Philosophy Discussion/Reading January 4, 2020, Saturday, 11am-1pm. Free. HAT Weekly Discussion Forum - Women's Rights Around the World.
Quote: "On December 7 at The Forum, we had a very well attended and interesting discussion of Feminism. As with all our topics, we have to be careful to identify who we are talking about and where. We will always tend to default to the Canadian/North American/Western experience when we discuss but we must also recognize there are few universal conditions and situations alter drastically across geographical and cultural borders. In recognition of this fact, this week we will be taking the time to speak about the state of Women in countries and cultures NOT our own. What are the cases? What are the challenges? What are our duties? What power do we have to effect change? We will discuss. Please join us."
Location: 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St, Rm 304?, north of Wellesley St East, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9.
Info: Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT), http://www.humanisttoronto.ca https://twitter.com/humanisttoronto/
Radio Science Environment/Nature January 4, 11, 18, 25, Saturdays, 12:05pm. FM 99.1 CBC1 Science Show: Quirks & Quarks. Saturdays 11:06pm, Mondays 11:05pm-12m, Wednesdays 3pm-4pm. http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/
Radio Humour January 4, 11, 18, 25, Saturdays, 1:30pm. FM 99.1 CBC1 Comedy Show: The Debaters. Saturdays 1:30pm-2pm; Wednesdays 11:30am-12n. Info: http://www.cbc.ca/thedebaters/
Philosophy Book Discussion January 4, 2020, Saturday, 4pm-7pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - The four cardinal virtues.
Location: First Canadian Place, 100 King St West, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "The four cardinal virtues are the ancients’ prescription for true and lasting happiness - what they called eudaimonia. In this meet-up we'll explore the cardinal virtues from the perspective of three classics of ancient philosophy: Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics. We’ll consider role models for each of the virtues and we’ll ask how to apply them in our own lives. We’ll also discuss whether the world of today (or any day) allows us space to be virtuous.
OVERVIEW The ancients were in agreement that the goal of philosophy is happiness. Unlike us today though, they understood happiness in a broad sense as eudaimonia: not just pleasure, comfort and good fortune but holistic well-being. This includes fulfillment and flourishing for oneself and one’s community. And they saw that eudaimonia is achieved through a life of virtue. Virtue is the proper ordering of a person's character, such that reason governs all other parts of the soul as a good leader governs a nation. The virtuous person is the one who achieves true and lasting happiness. The same holds for the virtuous community.
The ancients disagreed, however, on how virtue itself is accomplished. For Plato virtue is recollection of knowledge that the soul possesses from before birth, when it dwelt with the eternal and infinite forms. Aristotle rejects this account and argues that virtue is the golden mean between two extremes, an excess and a deficiency. It is achieved through habitual knowledge that is learned from experience. For the Stoics virtue means living in accordance with nature, both physical and social. The ultimate source of virtue for them is the pantheistic Logos, or the rational soul of the world. The Stoic task is to find our proper place within the unity of the whole and use it as a guide in life.
We’ll spend the first half hour discussing virtue in general and contrasting the three classical approaches. Then we’ll spend half an hour on each of the four cardinal virtues - moderation, courage, justice and wisdom. We’ll begin with a definition of each, mention the corresponding vices and discuss role models who exemplify the specific virtue. We’ll ask how to apply it in our own lives and what obstacles we face in our contemporary world in trying to live a life of virtue.
BACKGROUND READING
A. I strongly suggest reading the entire first file below to get the sense of the different views of Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics. This is 9 pages in total.
General views of virtue in Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics (9 pages): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZYJhSK0lANa0rDvcaR4dFtCo5JOOULDd
B. Then if your time is short, you can focus on one philosopher or one or two virtues that interest you. For example, you can just read Plato on all four virtues (9 pages - see below). Or you can take courage and read just those sections from Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics (6-7 pages). Then do the same with justice, etc.
Plato on the four cardinal virtues (9 pages): https://drive.google.com/open?id=11s5EUI0kfVr3nzs49smOFeT1YsTP8nOS
Aristotle on the four cardinal virtues (10 pages): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1x8w2FVMJjhwM-7ZokwLVweoikimVcHVy
The Stoics on the four cardinal virtues (9 pages): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pJf0WEOUDMdN9862bB-Yyp9aoAAjtb3VHp2prea4vxI
Or you can really take courage and read all 4 files! That will get you to about 40 pages of reading, which is manageable if you start in advance. The more of the text you go through, the more you'll benefit in your character development. I challenge you to it!
How to find us ... We'll meet at the Food Terrace (2nd floor) of First Canadian Place, located at King and Bay. Enter from King, Bay or Adelaide and take the escalator up one floor. Look for a table with a meetup sign. Nearest subway stations: King and St. Andrew."

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/
Radio Canada January 4, 11, 18, 25, Saturdays, 6pm. FM 99.1 CBC1 - World News - The World This Weekend. Info: http://www.cbc.ca/programguide/program/the_world_this_weekend, http://www.cbc.ca
Radio January 4, 11, 18, 25, Saturdays, 6pm. AM 1010 CFRB TED Radio Hour . Info: http://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1010/shows/ted-radio-hour-1.1761523
Radio Humour January 4, 11, 18, 25, Saturdays, 6:30pm-7pm. FM 99.1. CBC1 Comedy: Laugh Out Loud. http://www.cbc.ca/programguide/program/laugh_out_loud

Recycling January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020, Sunday, 12n-4pm. Free. Mini Repair Cafe Storefront. Quote: "We’ll be in the Toronto Tool Library’s location at 830 St. Clair Ave West. We’ll have a few fixers for small appliances and home electronics. On Sundays ... from 12 - 4 p.m. to help anyone who has a broken household item try to fix it." Sundays Location: Toronto Tool Library, 830 St Clair West, west of Atlas Avenue, east of Winona Drive. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca/repair-cafe-to-at-toronto-tool-library-st-clair-branch/, http://repaircafetoronto.ca
Radio History Philosophy Health Science January 5, 12, 19, 26, Sundays, 4am-4:30am. FM 99.1 CBC1 - Philosopher's Zone. Podcasts available. Mondays 4am-4:30am. Info: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/philosopherszone/r, http://www.cbc.ca/programguide/weekly/today/cbc_radio_one,
Radio Computers/Internet January 5, 12, 19, 26, Sundays, 1:05pm-2pm. FM 99.1 CBC1 Technology and Culture - Spark. Sundays 1:05pm-2pm; Wednesdays 2:05pm. Info: http://www.cbc.ca/spark/, http://www.cbc.ca/programguide/program/spark/
Radio Canada January 5, 12, 19, 26, Sundays, 6pm. FM 99.1 CBC1 - World News - The World This Weekend. Info: http://www.cbc.ca/programguide/program/the_world_this_weekend, http://www.cbc.ca
Radio Computers/Internet January 5, 12, 19, 26, Sundays, 6:05pm-7pm. AM 1010 CFRB Tech Talk. Info: http://www.newstalk1010.com

Food January 6, 13, 20, 27, Mondays, 3pm-7pm. Sorauren Park Farmers Market. Year round. Field House in winter.
Included farms/businesses that don't raise livestock and don't sell animal foods:
- Earth & City: Local organic vegetable gardening & vegan mostly raw sweet and savoury food.
- Forbes Wild Foods: Fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, syrups, vinegars and dry goods.
- The Cutting Veg CSA: Organic vegetables, herbs, garlic.
- Plan B Organic Farm CSA: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs.
- Kind Organics: Organic salad blends with herbs & edible flowers, sprouts, micro-greens, baby greens and wheatgrass.
Location: South end of Sorauren Park at Sorauren and Wabash, south of Dundas St West (map). Info: ayal(at)westendfood.coop, https://www.soraurenmarket.com/
Radio January 6, 13, 20, 27, Mondays, 7:30pm-8pm. Ryerson CJRU AM1280 Radio. Toronto Vegetarian Association Program: Veg Out Podcast. Recorded Saturdays. Broadcast Saturdays 10:30am-11am and Mondays 7:30pm-8pm. Podcasts available. Info: https://veg.ca/category/toronto-vegetarian-podcast/, http://www.thescopeatryerson.ca/en/thescope/shows/806/Veg-Out.htm,
Radio Science Environment/Nature January 6, 13, 20, 27, Mondays, 11:06pm-12m. FM 99.1 CBC1 Science Show: Quirks & Quarks. Saturdays 11:06pm, Mondays 11:05pm-12m, Wednesdays 3pm-4pm. http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/

Radio Environment/Nature January 7, 14, 21, 28, Tuesdays, 8am-8:30am. Ryerson CJRU AM1280 Radio. Ryerson Environmental Program: Terra Informa. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8am-8:30am. Podcasts available. Info: http://www.thescopeatryerson.ca/en/thescope/shows/177/Terra-Informa.htm
Radio Philosophy Health Science Environment/Nature January 7, 2020, Tuesday, 8:05pm. 99.1 FM. CBC Radio 1 - Ideas - Enright Files: Animals. Quote: "The notion that animals are intelligent, thinking, feeling beings with rich and complex emotional lives is part of mythology and folklore — of fantasy movies and children's literature. Until relatively recently, though, it has not been a mainstream idea in science. But as science grapples with just how little it knows about the mysteries of human consciousness, it's also taking a second look at the behaviour of animals, and reassessing the complexity of animal minds and taking seriously the dignity of animals." Info: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas

Food January 8, 2020, Wednesday, 6:30pm. PYOW. TVA's Durham Veg Group - Monthly Meeting: Pot Luck. Location: FGF Vegan, 8 Midtown Dr, Oshawa (905) 723-0449.
Quote: "FGF Vegan is our new regular meeting venue. FGF Vegan will have special meals available on top of their regular menu to serve our guests Dinner starts at 6:30 pm. Please join us, we love chatting about diet specially the benefits of wfpb. Please RSVP before the 30th of every month by emailing durham@veg.ca or by filling out the form... We kindly request that you honor your RSVP to avoid over or under booking the restaurants."
Info: Toronto Vegetarian Association office, 416-544-9800, durhamveg(at)gmail.com, durhamlakeside(at)vrg.ca, http://durhamveg.weebly.com/events.html http://durhamveg.weebly.com/

Food January 9, 16, 23, 30, Thursdays, 3pm-7pm. Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market. Quote: "Local farmers (small farms from southern Ontario) sell their organically-grown products, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and breads. Runs all year. Access to the produce farm stands is from the south/side entrance facing the park (not through the main entrance facing the mall)."
Included farms/businesses that don't raise livestock and don't sell animal foods:
- Urban Harvest: 100% certified organic and heirloom seeds, seedlings and garden supplies.
- Forbes Wild Foods: Fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, syrups, vinegars and dry goods.
- Thorpe's Organic Produce Farm: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs, Millgrove ON;
- Plan B Organic Farm CSA: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs.
- Kind Organics: Organic salad blends with herbs & edible flowers, sprouts, micro-greens, baby greens and wheatgrass.
- Niagara Lavender Farm: Organic tree fruits, berries, and lavender. Certified organic. Niagara on the Lake.
- Culture City: Black Bean Tempeh, Soy Tempeh, Soy Natto, Black Bean Natto. Locally made, organic bean, foodstuff.
- Floralora Flowers: Locally grown flowers and foliage for bouquet subscribers, market goers, florists and special event planners. Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Location: 875 Dufferin St, Dufferin Grove Park rink house, near Dufferin St & Dufferin Park Ave, between Bloor St West & College St (map). Info: market(at)dufferinpark.ca, http://www.dufferinpark.ca/market/market.html
Philosophy Book Discussion January 9, 2020, Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - Moral Cognitivism vs. Non-Cognitivism. Hosted by Derwin.
Location: Yorkville Village, Lower Level Food Hall, 55 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "Metaethics is the branch of philosophy that explores the status, foundations, and scope of moral values, properties, and words. Whereas the fields of applied ethics and normative theory focus on what is moral, metaethics focuses on what morality itself is. People who disagree at the level of applied ethics (e.g. the morality of physician-assisted suicide) and/or the level of normative theory (e.g. utilitarianism) may nonetheless agree at the level of metaethics, and vice versa. Metaethical positions may be divided according to how they respond to questions such as the following:
— What exactly are people doing when they use moral words such as “right” or “good”?
— What precisely is a moral value in the first place, and are such values similar to other familiar sorts of entities, such as objects or properties?
— Where do moral values come from — what is their source and foundation? How do we learn about them?
— Are some things morally right or wrong for all people at all times, or does morality instead vary from person to person, context to context, and/or culture to culture?
Metaethical positions respond to such questions by examining the semantics of moral discourse, the ontology of moral properties, the epistemology of how we come to know these properties, the significance of anthropological disagreement about moral values and practices, and the psychology of how morality affects us as embodied agents. Metaethics explores as well the connections between values, reasons for action, and human motivation, asking how it is that moral standards might provide us with reasons to do or refrain from doing as it demands, and it addresses many of the issues commonly bound up with the nature of freedom and its significance (or not) for moral responsibility. ***
At this meetup we will discuss moral cognitivism vs. non-cognitivism, one of the most basic distinctions in meta-ethics. Moral cognitivism is the view that moral judgments are capable of being true or false, whereas moral non-cognitivism is the view that moral judgments cannot be true or false and thus moral knowledge is impossible. On the latter view, moral judgments ultimately express non-cognitive attitudes such as one's desires, approval, or disapproval.
Prior to our discussion, please read as much of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on the topic as possible: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/moral-cognitivism/ (We'll probably focus on sections 1, 3, and 4)"

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/

Food January 10, 2020, Friday, 12n-2pm. PYOW. Toronto Vegan Meetup: Toronto Vegan Entrepreneur brunch.
Location: Copper Branch, 410 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON.
Quote: " There are many vegan entrepreneurs in the city but no common forum to share ideas and support each other. Its tough being a small business owner, let alone a vegan entrepreneur. Let's meet each month, learn about each others businesses and share ideas to support each other. Please only rsvp if you are serious about attending and sharing business ideas with other entrepreneurs. Not open to MLM businesses such as Arbonne, Primerica, World Financial Group.
Hosted by Viren. How to find us... Inside near the front counter"

Info/RSVP: http://veg.ca/events-calendar, https://www.meetup.com/torontovegan/
Philosophy Book Discussion January 10, 2020, Friday, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - Plato's Alcibiades, on Self-Knowledge. Hosted by Derwin.
Location: Yorkville Village, Lower Level Food Hall, 55 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "The Alcibiades is a dialogue by Plato centering on the question of what knowledge is needed for public life and leadership. Like many of Plato's early dialogues, questions are raised about the definition of virtue and whether virtue can be taught. For centuries The Alcibiades was considered the best entry point for new students of Plato due to its seemingly loving and honest exchanges shedding light on what Socrates means when he encourages that we follow after virtue. (More recently, some scholars have doubted the authenticity of the dialogue precisely because of its directness. Plato never wrote a work whose interpretation seemed to have been as simple and straightforward. As with all of Plato's dialogues, ultimately this will have to be left up to discerning readers to judge.)
*** This meetup is dedicated to discussing Plato's Alcibiades. Please have the entire dialogue read in advance (about 40 pages). TIP: When reading Plato, pay attention to the details of the drama as much as the overtly philosophical discourse. Attentive readers of Plato have long known that he is often trying to convey important messages with both in concert. A good translation by D. S. Hutchinson can be found in a collection available for download HERE - https://b-ok.cc/book/1205909/72e399 (the dialogue begins on page 558 of the volume.)
***For some background on Plato, see his entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/plato/ "

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/
Food January 10, 2020, Friday, 7pm-10pm. $?/PYOW. Toronto Vegan Meetup: CashFlow 101 Boardgame Social for Vegans.
Location: Copper Branch, 410 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON. Every 2nd Friday of the month.
Quote: "Hosted by Sunita Pace and Viren. Let's play and learn about handling money while enjoying some delicious vegan food. This event is for any one interested in learning more about money, real estate and investments, in the easiest way, the way of the game. This is a Foundational Game to help start you off on a powerful journey to true financial independence and wisdom. Where you will learn how to get the most out of each time you play and maximize your financial growth and development! Investing is a skill most can’t learn from a book. The alternative of learning in the ‘real world’ could prove costly. You need to first understand your own behaviour. CASHFLOW 101 was created as a fun, powerful, and experiential way to teach investing and wealth building. Manage assets and liabilities, trade stocks and fight your way out of the Rat Race."
Info/RSVP: http://veg.ca/events-calendar, https://www.meetup.com/torontovegan/
Film January 10, 2020, Friday, 7pm-9pm. Free. CINSSU Free Friday Film - Paprika (2006).
Quote: "Join us for our first Free Friday Film of 2020! This Friday, January 10th we are screening Paprika (2006), which will be introduced by Professor Michelle Cho, who will also lead a post-screening discussion about the film... Paprika is a 2006 anime film based on a graphic novel of the same name, which follows Paprika, a woman therapist, as she tries to recover a stolen machine that allows therapists to see into their patient's dreams. As always, our Free Friday Films are accessible events open to the public. We hope to see you there." UofT CINSSU Free Films info: Innis College Room 107, 416-978-7434, cinssu(at)pwd.ca,
Location: Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, St George St, one block north of Hoskin Ave, 1 block south of Bloor St West.
Info: http://www.cinssu.ca, http://cinssu.ca/fff-schedule/


Recycling January 12, 19, 26, 2020, Sunday, 12n-4pm. Free. Mini Repair Cafe Storefront. Quote: "We’ll be in the Toronto Tool Library’s location at 830 St. Clair Ave West. We’ll have a few fixers for small appliances and home electronics. On Sundays ... from 12 - 4 p.m. to help anyone who has a broken household item try to fix it." Sundays Location: Toronto Tool Library, 830 St Clair West, west of Atlas Avenue, east of Winona Drive. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca/repair-cafe-to-at-toronto-tool-library-st-clair-branch/, http://repaircafetoronto.ca

Food January 13, 20, 27, Mondays, 3pm-7pm. Sorauren Park Farmers Market. Year round. Field House in winter.
Included farms/businesses that don't raise livestock and don't sell animal foods:
- Earth & City: Local organic vegetable gardening & vegan mostly raw sweet and savoury food.
- Forbes Wild Foods: Fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, syrups, vinegars and dry goods.
- The Cutting Veg CSA: Organic vegetables, herbs, garlic.
- Plan B Organic Farm CSA: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs.
- Kind Organics: Organic salad blends with herbs & edible flowers, sprouts, micro-greens, baby greens and wheatgrass.
Location: South end of Sorauren Park at Sorauren and Wabash, south of Dundas St West (map). Info: ayal(at)westendfood.coop, https://www.soraurenmarket.com/


Philosophy Book Discussion January 15, 2020, Wednesday, 12:30pm-2:30pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - Agency: Human and Non-Human (Centre for Ethics Event).
Location: University of Toronto, Larkin Building, Room 200, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "In the era of the so-called Anthropocene, we are more aware than ever that our relation to nature and to the non-human world must be transformed. That transformation can be understood from a strictly anthropocentric perspective, or it can be understood more comprehensively, incorporating the “perspective” of nature and the non-human. But what does it mean to do this? Recent discussions of non-human agency — the agency of “things” or of “actants” — have challenged the putative differences between human and non-human agency, particularly in the work of Jane Bennett and Bruno Latour. But their reliance on an insufficiently questioned picture of human agency continues to undermine their attempts to make sense of non-human agency, a task which has become all the more urgent as we come to grips with the implications of the Anthropocene. In this talk, I propose an alternative conception that better captures what is distinctive to both human and non-human agency.
Speaker: Nikolas Kompridis, Professor of Philosophy and Political Thought, Australian Catholic University | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolas_Kompridis | https://philpapers.org/s/Nikolas%20Kompridis "

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/
Environment/Nature Discussion January 15, Wednesday, 6pm-8:30pm. Free. Green Drinks in Toronto. Usually 6pm, 3rd Wednesday of each month. Location: Grace O'Malley's, 14 Duncan St, Toronto. Previous Location: Grace O'Malley's Pub, 14 Duncan St, 1 block north of King St, 2 blocks west of St Andrews subway. Quote: "Do you want to meet a lively group of friendly people interested in environmental issues from academia, business, government and NGOs for good conversation? If so, join us for drinks in Toronto. There's no agenda or other formality - it's a chance to meet regularly to chat, debate, socialize and connect with other Torontonians passionate about environmental and sustainability issues. These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity." Info: http://www.greendrinks.org/ON/Toronto

Food January 16, 23, 30, Thursdays, 3pm-7pm. Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market. Quote: "Local farmers (small farms from southern Ontario) sell their organically-grown products, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and breads. Runs all year. Access to the produce farm stands is from the south/side entrance facing the park (not through the main entrance facing the mall)."
Included farms/businesses that don't raise livestock and don't sell animal foods:
- Urban Harvest: 100% certified organic and heirloom seeds, seedlings and garden supplies.
- Forbes Wild Foods: Fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, syrups, vinegars and dry goods.
- Thorpe's Organic Produce Farm: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs, Millgrove ON;
- Plan B Organic Farm CSA: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs.
- Kind Organics: Organic salad blends with herbs & edible flowers, sprouts, micro-greens, baby greens and wheatgrass.
- Niagara Lavender Farm: Organic tree fruits, berries, and lavender. Certified organic. Niagara on the Lake.
- Culture City: Black Bean Tempeh, Soy Tempeh, Soy Natto, Black Bean Natto. Locally made, organic bean, foodstuff.
- Floralora Flowers: Locally grown flowers and foliage for bouquet subscribers, market goers, florists and special event planners. Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Location: 875 Dufferin St, Dufferin Grove Park rink house, near Dufferin St & Dufferin Park Ave, between Bloor St West & College St (map). Info: market(at)dufferinpark.ca, http://www.dufferinpark.ca/market/market.html
Food January 16, 2020, Thursday, 7pm-9pm. PYOW. TVA Toronto Dinner Social Group: Dinner at Golden Thai.
Location: Golden Thai, 105 Church St.
Quote: "Please join us for lively conversation and delicious food at our upcoming dinner. All members and non members, veg, vegan and transitioning are welcome. Please RSVP by the Wednesday before each event at: tvadinner(at)veg.ca or by phone: 416-544-9800."
Info: http://veg.ca/events-calendar/dinner-social-group-36/, http://veg.ca/events-calendar/

Philosophy Science Discussion/Reading Januaryr 17, 2020, Friday, 7pm-10pm. Free. The Association for Science and Reason (Skeptics Canada) - Monthly Meetup.
Location: Fox and Fiddle, 27 Wellesley St East, between Yonge St and Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1G7.
Quote: "Toronto Skeptics in the Pub Event: Check back later to see what is happening this month. We may have a speaker, or maybe we will just have a free and open discussion. In any case we will have a nice, enjoyable time with a friendly group of skeptically minded people. We'll be at our usual venue, the Fox and Fiddle, just across from Wellesley Subway station. To find us, tell the wait staff you are looking for the Skeptics. We should be on the 3rd Floor. The Association for Science and Reason (formerly Skeptics Canada) ( http://www.scienceandreason.ca ) has opened its regular monthly dinner to interested Meetup members, and it has been a lot of fun. Heated discussion, hot food, good company--a great way to spend the evening without losing I.Q. points. As usual, don't be put off by the small number of people signing up through Meetup. Most of the regulars do not respond, they just show up. We typically have between 30 and 50 attendees."
Info: The Association for Science and Reason (Skeptics Canada), https://www.meetup.com/skeptics-144/
Film January 17, 2020, Friday, 7pm-9pm. Free. CINSSU Free Friday Film - A Girl Walks Home Alone (2014). Free food pre-screening.
Location: Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, St George St, one block north of Hoskin Ave, 1 block south of Bloor St West. UofT CINSSU Free Films info: Innis College Room 107, 416-978-7434, cinssu(at)pwd.ca
Info: http://www.cinssu.ca, http://cinssu.ca/fff-schedule/

Recycling January 18, 2020, Saturday, 12n-4pm. Free. Repair Café at the Toronto Reference Library. Quote: "Do you have a broken household item? Don’t toss it! Bring your small appliances, computers, electronics, clothes, jewellery, books, and more, and we will show you how to fix it for free...Note: Visitor registration ends at 3:00 p.m" Location: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, 1 block north of Bloor St. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca
Previous Locations: - Main Street Library, 137 Main St, Toronto, ON M4E 2V9. - Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1L3. - Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church, 1038 Woodbine Ave, East York, ON M4C 4C4. - Cedarbrae Branch, Toronto Public Library, 545 Markham Rd, one block south of Lawrence Ave East, Scarborough, ON M1B. - Albert Campbell, Toronto Public Library, 496 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough. - Driftwood Community Recreation Centre, 4401 Jane Street, North York. - Parkdale branch, Toronto Public Library, 1303 Queen Street West. - Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, 1 block north of Bloor St. - Ralph Thornton Centre, Queen/Saulter, TPL Branch, 765 Queen Street East. - S. Walter Stewart branch, Toronto Public Library, 170 Memorial Park Avenue, East York. - Parkdale branch, Toronto Public Library, 1303 Queen Street West. - Skills For Change, 2nd Floor, 791 St Clair Ave West, 4 blocks west of Christie St, near the Arlington streetcar stop. - Albert Campbell Library, 496 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, between St Clair Ave East and Danforth Rd. - STEAMLabs, 49 Cameron Street, Toronto (north west corner of Spadina and Queen), Lower Level'. - Don Mills library, 888 Lawrence Ave East, west of Don Mills Rd. - Central Neighbourhood House, 349 Ontario St, 3 blocks east of Sherbourbe St, 1 block south of Gerrard St East. - Elmbank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd, south of Finch Ave West, east of Martin Grove Rd, Rexdale. - HackLab.TO, 1266 Queen St West, 2nd floor, buzz Unit #12. - TPL North York Central branch. - Toronto Tool Library, 1803 Danforth Ave near Coxwell - Wychwood Green Barn, 601 Christie St, between Wychwood Ave and Christie St, 2 blocks south of St Clair Ave West. - Park Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Avenue.
Discussion Food January 18, 2020, Saturday, 1pm-4pm. Free. TVA Event - Nutrition Q and A with RD Debbie Fong.
Location: Toronto Vegetarian Association office, 360 College St (corner with Brunswick), 416-544-9800,
Quote: "Get your nutrition questions answered from a local vegan Registered Dietitian! Refreshments will be provided. Special note! If you attend one of these sessions you will receive a FREE ticket to the International Vegan Film Festival on the 24th (while supplies last)."
Info: Toronto Vegetarian Association office, 360 College St (corner with Brunswick), Room 301, 416-544-9800, https://veg.ca, https://veg.ca/event/international-vegan-film-festival-world-tour/

Recycling January 19, 26, 2020, Sunday, 12n-4pm. Free. Mini Repair Cafe Storefront. Quote: "We’ll be in the Toronto Tool Library’s location at 830 St. Clair Ave West. We’ll have a few fixers for small appliances and home electronics. On Sundays ... from 12 - 4 p.m. to help anyone who has a broken household item try to fix it." Sundays Location: Toronto Tool Library, 830 St Clair West, west of Atlas Avenue, east of Winona Drive. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca/repair-cafe-to-at-toronto-tool-library-st-clair-branch/, http://repaircafetoronto.ca
Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike January 19, 2020, Sunday, 1pm-3pm. Free. Lost River Walk - Ice Walk at Evergreen Brick Works. Start: Watershed Wall, Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave.
Quote: "A seasonal walk inspired by our frozen winter waterways. We will learn about the Ice Ages that shaped the geology of the Don Valley Brick Works; we will consider the life of the frozen creeks and ponds in the Weston Quarry Garden; we will visit Evergreen’s skating trail and share warm midwinter reminiscences. A circular walk on surfaces chosen in light of the conditions we encounter. Meet at the Watershed Wall, Evergreen Brick Works. Leaders: Floyd Ruskin, John Wilson, Ed Freeman."
Toronto Green Community - Lost River Walks: 416-781-7663, info(at)torontogreen.ca, http://www.lostrivers.ca/content/WalkSchd.html, http://www.torontogreen.ca/what-we-do/lost-rivers/upcoming-walks/

Food January 20, 27, Mondays, 3pm-7pm. Sorauren Park Farmers Market. Year round. Field House in winter.
Included farms/businesses that don't raise livestock and don't sell animal foods:
- Earth & City: Local organic vegetable gardening & vegan mostly raw sweet and savoury food.
- Forbes Wild Foods: Fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, syrups, vinegars and dry goods.
- The Cutting Veg CSA: Organic vegetables, herbs, garlic.
- Plan B Organic Farm CSA: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs.
- Kind Organics: Organic salad blends with herbs & edible flowers, sprouts, micro-greens, baby greens and wheatgrass.
Location: South end of Sorauren Park at Sorauren and Wabash, south of Dundas St West (map). Info: ayal(at)westendfood.coop, https://www.soraurenmarket.com/

Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike January 21, 2020, Tuesday, 1pm-3pm. Free. TFN Nature Walk - Lower Don Valley Trail. Start: Broadview TTC station.
Quote: "Meet steward & naturalist, Vivienne Denton, at Broadview subway station for a walk up the Lower Don Valley trail. We’ll travel from the footbridge at Riverdale Park checking out winter wildlife, possibly visit Todmorden Mills, and end at the Brick Works where we can have coffee before taking the free bus back to Broadview subway station. Circular walk, mostly on paved, flat surfaces with stairs and some gentle slopes. Washrooms at Brick Works. This walk is only one of more than 140 that TFN will host this year alone! TFN members enjoy a complete listing of walks in our newsletter. Not a member? Learn more about the benefits of membership now! Please tag any photos you take on this walk with #TFNWalk so that we can all live vicariously through your lens."
Info: Toronto Field Naturalists, 416-593-2656 (Office Hrs: Fridays am), http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/, https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/walks/
Environment/Nature Walk Discussion October 4, Saturday, 9:45am. Free/PWYW. Film and Discussion - The Whale and the Raven.
Location: Annette Public Library, 145 Annette St.
Quote: "Director Mirjam Leuze's The Whale and the Raven illuminates the many issues that have drawn whale researchers, the Gitga'at First Nation, and the Government of British Columbia into a complex conflict. As the people in the Great Bear Rainforest struggle to protect their territory against the pressure and promise of the gas industry, caught in between are the countless beings that call this place home. View the trailer here. (60 sec.) In preparation for this screening, we recommend you view this 6 min. video, which explains why aquatic mammals, cetaceans such as whales, are so very vulnerable to the noise pollution which resource extraction and transport bring."
Info: Green 13 environmental group, Natasha, intransitions(at)hotmail.com http://green13toronto.org

Discussion Food January 22, 2020, Wednesday, 6pm-8pm. Free. TVA Event - Nutrition Q and A with RD Debbie Fong.
Location: Toronto Vegetarian Association office, 360 College St (corner with Brunswick), 416-544-9800,
Quote: "Get your nutrition questions answered from a local vegan Registered Dietitian! Refreshments will be provided. Special note! If you attend one of these sessions you will receive a FREE ticket to the International Vegan Film Festival on the 24th (while supplies last)."
Info: Toronto Vegetarian Association office, 360 College St (corner with Brunswick), Room 301, 416-544-9800, https://veg.ca, https://veg.ca/event/international-vegan-film-festival-world-tour/
Radio Philosophy Health Environment/Nature January 22, 2020, Wednesday, 8:05pm. 99.1 FM. CBC Radio 1 - Ideas - Winners Take All. Quote: "We're used to governments taking part of our tax dollars to spend on social projects and international development. But increasingly, wealthy private citizens are setting up their own social development non-profit agencies, and substituting their own values about who gets how much and for what, in some cases superseding the values and priorities of more neutral international bodies. It's the Gates Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative vs the United Nations and Oxfam. A former McKinsey analyst has a problem with this trend, and he's written a book about it. Anand Giridharadas in conversation with Nahlah Ayed." Info: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas

Food January 23, 30, Thursdays, 3pm-7pm. Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market. Quote: "Local farmers (small farms from southern Ontario) sell their organically-grown products, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and breads. Runs all year. Access to the produce farm stands is from the south/side entrance facing the park (not through the main entrance facing the mall)."
Included farms/businesses that don't raise livestock and don't sell animal foods:
- Urban Harvest: 100% certified organic and heirloom seeds, seedlings and garden supplies.
- Forbes Wild Foods: Fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, syrups, vinegars and dry goods.
- Thorpe's Organic Produce Farm: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs, Millgrove ON;
- Plan B Organic Farm CSA: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs.
- Kind Organics: Organic salad blends with herbs & edible flowers, sprouts, micro-greens, baby greens and wheatgrass.
- Niagara Lavender Farm: Organic tree fruits, berries, and lavender. Certified organic. Niagara on the Lake.
- Culture City: Black Bean Tempeh, Soy Tempeh, Soy Natto, Black Bean Natto. Locally made, organic bean, foodstuff.
- Floralora Flowers: Locally grown flowers and foliage for bouquet subscribers, market goers, florists and special event planners. Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Location: 875 Dufferin St, Dufferin Grove Park rink house, near Dufferin St & Dufferin Park Ave, between Bloor St West & College St (map). Info: market(at)dufferinpark.ca, http://www.dufferinpark.ca/market/market.html
Philosophy Book Discussion January 23, 2020, Thursday, 6pm-8:30pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - An Improbable Revolution: Hong Kong vs. China (Ryerson University Event).
Location:The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, 14 Elm St, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "This lecture will be recorded by CBC Radio One IDEAS: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas About the Lecture: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement has taken the world by storm, impressing and inspiring the global public with its energy, creativity, and tenacity. This talk analyzes three “revolutionary” moments – re-imagining community, combating violence, and global city diplomacy – all in reaction to an increasingly repressive and aggressive Chinese regime. The talk will highlight breakthroughs achieved and challenges ahead.
About the Speaker: Ching Kwan Lee is the Dr. Chung Sze-yuen Professor of Social Science at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Professor of Sociology at UCLA. Lee studies global and comparative issues, work, globalization, political sociology, development of the global south, comparative ethnography, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and Africa. (https://soc.ucla.edu/faculty/ching-kwan-lee) Her books include Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women (California 1998), Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt (California 2007), The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor and Foreign Investment in Africa (Chicago 2017), Take Back Our Future: An Eventful Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (Cornell 2019), and The Social Question in the 21st Century: A Global View (California 2019).
Co-Sponsor of the Series: The Canadian International Council (CIC), Canada’s premier forum for global affairs, operates a network of 15 branches from coast-to-coast. The CIC’s national branch network empowers citizens across the country to participate in discussions and debates on important foreign policy issues. (https://thecic.org/)
This is a talk presented by the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University that is free and open to the public. The Toronto Philosophy Meetup is not affiliated with the event although we have reserved a limited number of tickets for our members. If your RSVP is not confirmed on our "Attendees" list below, you will have to reserve your own ticket through Ryerson University: — https://www.ryerson.ca/arts/news-events/2020/01/an_improbable_revolution_hong_kong_vs_china/ "

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/

Film January 24, 2020, Friday, 7pm-9pm. Free. CINSSU Free Friday Film - Scenes from a Marriage (1974).
Location: Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, St George St, one block north of Hoskin Ave, 1 block south of Bloor St West. UofT CINSSU Free Films info: Innis College Room 107, 416-978-7434, cinssu(at)pwd.ca
Info: http://www.cinssu.ca, http://cinssu.ca/fff-schedule/
Film Food Discussion January 24, 2020, Friday, 7pm-11pm, PYOW. TVA's Veggie Movie Group - Pizza and Vegan Film Fest. Organized by Carla.
Quote: "Happy New Year Veggie Film Fans! Let's celebrate Veganuary by meeting up for a bite at Apiecalypse now Friday night at 7pm. There is more seating upstairs so let's meet there after you order! The films start at 8:30 so we can head to the theatre at 8pm at the latest. It's just about 2 blocks.
Thanks to sponsorship from the Toronto Vegetarian Association, tickets are only $5!
RSVP here or on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2490776437854981/?notif_t=plan_user_associated¬if_id=1579795445177601
Also, let me know what kind of movies you'd like to see as a group this year! Hope to see you there! Carla."

Location: Apiecalypse Now, 735 Bloor St West, near Grace St and Christie St, (416)516-4555, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1L5.
Info: TVA Veggie Movie Group Info: moviegroup(at)veg.ca, http://veg.ca/toronto-veg-community/vegetarian-and-vegan-groups/#movie, https://www.facebook.com/events/2490776437854981/?notif_t=plan_user_associated¬if_id=1579795445177601
Film Food January 24, 2020, Friday, 8:30pm-11:30pm. $5. TVA Event - International Vegan Film Festival. Presented by TVA in partnership with Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Location: Bloor Hotdocs Cinema, Bloor St West, east of Bathurst St.
Quote: "Presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, to celebrate Veganuary; the International Vegan Film Festival is a trailblazing event dedicated to celebrating the vegan ideal: a healthier, compassionate, environmentally friendly lifestyle that can be achieved through the consumption of plants and animal-free alternatives. The event will showcase a collection of the vegan themed short films." Schedule:
- Planet Vegan: Episode One - The Future Of Meat (D: James Hoot | United States)
- The Farm in My Backyard (D: Jo-Anne McArthur | Canada)
- THE DOOR (D: Rasit U. Tas, Simon Sonne | Denmark)
- Reclaim (D: Jo-Anne McArthur, Kelly Guerin | Canada)
- Pig Man (D: Amy Taylor, James Muir | New Zealand)
- Gold Doesn't Rust: Animal Testing and its 21st Century Alternatives (D: Dr. Theodora Capaldo | United States)
- Diet Change Not Climate Change (D: Roxy Velez | Germany)
- Cow's Milk? (D: Roxy Velez | Germany)
- Coming Closer (D: Meghan McClymonds | United States)
- Casa de Carne (D: Dustin Brown | United States)
- Bucking Tradition (D: Sharon M Boeckle | United States)
- Apollo: Rise of the Poly-Vegan Soldier (D: Amy Taylor | New Zealand)
Post-screening Q&A with director Jo-Anne McArthur
Info: Toronto Vegetarian Association office, 360 College St (corner with Brunswick), Room 301, 416-544-9800, https://veg.ca, https://veg.ca/event/international-vegan-film-festival-world-tour/

Environment/Nature Recycling January 25, 2020, Saturday, 10am-2pm. Free. Inorganic Market & ADL Process - Community Certified Electronic Waste Collection Event. Location: TPL Annette Street Public Library, 145 Annette St, Toronto, Ontario M6P 1P3. Quote: "Bring your TVs, computers, phones and other unused electronics for safe disposal. Collected material is sent to ADL Process, a Toronto based, Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) processor. For more information visit inorganicmarket.ca or our Facebook event page: @inorganicmarket This free community event is provided by ADL Process Electronics Recycling and iRecycle Computers." Event info: Inorganic Market, https://inorganicmarket.ca/, https://www.facebook.com/pg/inorganicmarket/events/?ref=page_internal.
Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike January 25, 2020, Saturday, 10am. Free. TFN Nature Walk - Leslie Street Spit. Start: Leslie St and Unwin Ave.
Quote: "Take a nature walk in Tommy Thompson Park / Leslie Street Spit with TFN past-president, Charles Bruce-Thompson! Meet at the park entrance (Leslie St and Unwin Ave) for a circular walk at least as far as the bridge (about 3 hrs). You can drop out at any point and head back along the road to the entrance. Washrooms and parking available. Bring binoculars and lunch if you intend to stay for the entire walk. Take #83 bus from Donlands subway station to Commissioners St and Leslie St. Flat surfaces. Some narrow footpaths.
This walk is only one of more than 140 that TFN will host this year alone! TFN members enjoy a complete listing of walks in our newsletter. Not a member? Learn more about the benefits of membership now! Please tag any photos you take on this walk with #TFNWalk so that we can all live vicariously through your lens."

Info: Toronto Field Naturalists, 416-593-2656 (Office Hrs: Fridays am), http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/, https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/walks/
Philosophy Book Discussion January 25, 2020, Saturday, 4pm-7pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - The Virtual World: Trap or Liberation? Hosted by Emily and Alex.
Location: Kerr Hall East, Room 117, 340 Church St (at Church and Gerrard), Toronto, ON.
Quote: "According to a July 2019 Pew Research survey we are almost “living” online, especially with the growth in use of smartphones and mobile devices. The survey indicates 28% of Americans are online “almost constantly” and 81% are online daily. Heavy use is likelier for the college educated, those earning higher incomes and those between 18 and 29 years old. Other studies show children as young as 5 are online for an average of 6-7 hours a day and infants and toddlers are now growing up with iPods, cellphones and computers. For those born around 1995 and later, research shows that the presentation of self, friendship, social networking and behaviour are heavily mediated by the screen. While the label “addiction” is being resisted by the American Psychiatric Association in North America and Europe, this is not the case in Japan, Singapore and China where close to 25% of youth spend much of the day online. The response by these governments is drastic—China considers this a national emergency, labelling internet overuse as "electronic opium” and is rounding up heavy users for enforced draconian “therapy”. The research done so far on this relatively new technology is sobering. Studies done in neuroscience, psychology and sociology reveal important biochemical, physiological and social changes as a result of internet use. The ability to think deeply and logically, to use memory powerfully and to understand complex information is being compromised. As we realize it is not what but how we access information on the net, we are reminded of Marshall McLuhan’s iconic slogan: The medium is the message. Philosophy helps us search for the right questions: what does a written text make possible for the thinker that an electronic screen does not? What happens to memory when we have to multi-task to use electronic information? If screens replace much face-to-face contact, what are the repercussions for human relationships? Are we comfortable with the next phase of the technology which aims to integrate artificial intelligence with our our minds and brains? Martin Heidegger’s “The Question Concerning Technology” (1954) is one of the most influential essays of a towering figure in 20th century philosophy. Here are three main claims from the piece:
1- Technology is not an instrument but a way of being/participating/creating/understanding and enabling the world.
2- Technology is neither under the full control of human beings nor, essentially, created by us. It exists somehow prior to and beyond our full control.
3- Technology can lead us to misunderstand the world as something to exploit, objectify and instrumentalize. Reduced to this pathological distortion, technology threatens our very survival.
Though reading Heidegger is no easy task it is very much worth following his argument in his own words. Here are a couple of resources to assist with this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rzYhOOOw40 | https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-it-phenomenology/
Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (2010) was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and was a New York Times bestseller. Carr is a journalist and summarized the science from neuroscience, psychology and sociology on internet use as one of the first influential writers on the internet. The book compares text-based reading to screen-mediated reading like Kindle and contextualizes the internet in the long history of technologies that have caused huge shifts in our culture like literacy, maps, clocks and the printing press.
Martin Heidegger, “Question Concerning Technology”: https://monoskop.org/images/4/44/Heidegger_Martin_The_Question_Concerning_Technology_and_Other_Essays.pdf
Nicholas Carr, YouTube talk on his book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (1:05:23): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBoA6VZdJM8
How to find us ... We'll meet in Kerr Hall East, Room 117. Kerr Hall East is located on the Ryerson University campus, on the southwest corner of Gerrard and Church, across from the Starbucks. Nearest subway stations are College and Dundas."

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/
Food Discussion January 25, 2020, Saturday, 6:30pm-8:30pm. PYOW. Richmond Hill Vegans Meetup - Meetup @ Bo Tree Plant-Based Cuisine.
Quote: "Please join us at a new vegetarian restaurant located in Markham. All are welcome whether you are vegan, vegetarian or omni. Our only ask is that when dining with us, please order vegan. Thanks and see you there.... Zhan W."
Location: Bo Tree Plant-Based Cuisine, 4568 Hwy 7 Unit 3, Unionville, ON. Info/RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Richmond-Hill-Vegans

Recycling January 26, 2020, Sunday, 12n-4pm. Free. Mini Repair Cafe Storefront. Quote: "We’ll be in the Toronto Tool Library’s location at 830 St. Clair Ave West. We’ll have a few fixers for small appliances and home electronics. On Sundays ... from 12 - 4 p.m. to help anyone who has a broken household item try to fix it." Sundays Location: Toronto Tool Library, 830 St Clair West, west of Atlas Avenue, east of Winona Drive. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca/repair-cafe-to-at-toronto-tool-library-st-clair-branch/, http://repaircafetoronto.ca
Food Walk Health January 26, 2020, Sunday, 1pm-3pm. Free/$2. TVA Veg Fitness Meetup Group - January Meetup - Toronto Veg Fitness Goes Skating. Organized by Jenn Johnston-Fudge.
Quote: "Our January meetup is skating at Dufferin Grove Park!! Join us no matter your skating level - I am not a strong skater and hope to have some company to do some very slow and wobbly laps :) We'll meet by the skate rental area at 1pm. If you don't have skates the park has some to borrow for $2. Please check out the website linked below for details on requirements to borrow. http://www.dufferinpark.ca/skating/wiki/wiki.php "
Location: Duffering Grove Park skating rink, 875 Dufferin St, two blocks south of Bloor St West, Toronto M6H 3K8.
Info: Toronto Vegetarian Association Veg Fitness Group, torontovegfitness(at)veg.ca, https://veg.ca/toronto-veg-community/vegetarian-and-vegan-groups/#fitness | https://www.facebook.com/groups/torontovegfitness/
Philosophy Book Discussion January 26, 2020, Sunday, 7pm-9pm. Free. The Toronto Existentialists Meetup - Authenticity in a World of Conformity.
Location: Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place Street Level, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "Due to its evolutionary advantage, humans, as social animals, have an innate and sometimes unconscious appreciation for conformity. Humans conform to societal norms in order not to feel alienated or "left out from the group", and to obtain a feeling of belonging in the society. Studies have shown that conformity can pressure people into doing violent or dangerous acts, even if they are against their own will or personal beliefs (1). From the existentialist point of view, we must try to become as authentic as we can be, however, it may be hard to identify your own conforming, even unconscious, tendencies. As we are always surrounded by the Others, we are constantly pressured into a certain degree of conformity. According to Jean-Paul Sartre, "Everything comes to us from others. To Be is to belong to someone". Therefore, is it possible to become your true authentic self without yielding to the great power of conformity? Let's have a discussion during our bi-weekly event. Please respect your RSVP.
Questions: | When one has no choice but to conform to the norms? | Are authentic people less likely to conform? | You're in a new city and you're looking for a restaurant to have dinner. Do you go out and pick randomly or you do look for a restaurant online with the best ratings? | We live in an era of conformity. Do you agree? | Does social media make people more or less authentic? | Is it possible to be fully non-conformist?
Sources to help familiarize with the topic:
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_conformity_can_be_good_and_bad_for_society 'How Conformity can be Good or Bad for Society', Zaid Jilani, Greater Good Magazine.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Ivan_Ilyich Summary of The Death of Ivan Illych, by Leo Tolstoy. "Ivan Ilych's life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible."
References: 1. Milgram Experiments: https://www.simplypsychology.org/milgram.html.
How to find us... Inner Patio, across from Tim Horton's. Look for a "MeetUp" sign."

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Existentialists

Food January 27, Mondays, 3pm-7pm. Sorauren Park Farmers Market. Year round. Field House in winter.
Included farms/businesses that don't raise livestock and don't sell animal foods:
- Earth & City: Local organic vegetable gardening & vegan mostly raw sweet and savoury food.
- Forbes Wild Foods: Fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, syrups, vinegars and dry goods.
- The Cutting Veg CSA: Organic vegetables, herbs, garlic.
- Plan B Organic Farm CSA: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs.
- Kind Organics: Organic salad blends with herbs & edible flowers, sprouts, micro-greens, baby greens and wheatgrass.
Location: South end of Sorauren Park at Sorauren and Wabash, south of Dundas St West (map). Info: ayal(at)westendfood.coop, https://www.soraurenmarket.com/
Radio Philosophy Science January 27, 2020, Monday, 8:05pm. 99.1 FM. CBC Radio 1 - Ideas - Einstein's Unfinished Revolution. Quote: "According to theoretical physicist and writer, Lee Smolin, Einstein's theory of general relativity explains the larger-scale world well. And quantum mechanics explains the sub-atomic world well. But so far, no one's been able to harmonize the two theories. Smolin believes that somewhere along the line both theories went astray. In a talk he gave at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, combined with a conversation he had with host Nahlah Ayed about his book, Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum, Lee Smolin concludes that we need to step back and start over if we ever hope to explain the universe to ourselves." Info: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas

Philosophy Book Discussion January 28, 2020, Tuesday, 4pm-6:30pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - Why Can't Robots Have Rights? (Centre for Ethics Event) .
Location: University of Toronto, Larkin Building, Room 200, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON.
Speaker: Parisa Moosavi, Department of Philosophy, York University, Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics and Artificial Intelligence, https://parisamoosavi.com/
Quote: "The fact that artificially intelligent machines are becoming increasingly capable of emulating human intelligent behavior has led some authors to speculate that at some point we would have to grant moral rights to these machines. Some such arguments are indirect and appeal to claims about how our treatment of robots affects us. But when it comes to direct argument about the moral status of machines, the discussion has mostly focused on the possibility that robots would one day develop sentience or mental capabilities like consciousness and self-awareness. However, the idea that the capacity for sentience is a necessary condition for moral considerability has been contested. Some environmental ethicists argue that non-sentient biological organisms, species, and ecosystems can potentially have a moral status, because they have a good of their own. This raises the question whether non-sentient robots can similarly enjoy a moral status.
In this talk, I first give an account of what makes non-sentient organisms potentially morally considerable, and then explain why this moral considerability does not extend to non-sentient robots. I argue that the same considerations that keep us from thinking that the simplest artifacts like a toaster or a bicycle fall short of having a good of their own also apply in the case of more complex, artificially intelligent machines. Thus, I argue that unlike biological entities, non-sentient intelligent machines have no greater claim to moral rights than the simplest artifacts. ***
NOTE: This is a talk and Q&A presented by the University of Toronto's Centre for Ethics that is open to the public. The Toronto Philosophy Meetup is not affiliated with the Centre although some of us will be in attendance. Sometimes we look for each other after the event for further discussion about the topic.
The Centre for Ethics is an interdisciplinary centre aimed at advancing research and teaching in the field of ethics, broadly defined. The Centre seeks to bring together the theoretical and practical knowledge of diverse scholars, students, public servants and social leaders in order to increase understanding of the ethical dimensions of individual, social, and political life. In pursuit of its interdisciplinary mission, the Centre fosters lines of inquiry such as (1) foundations of ethics, which encompasses the history of ethics and core concepts in the philosophical study of ethics; (2) ethics in action, which relates theory to practice in key domains of social life, including bioethics, business ethics, and ethics in the public sphere; and (3) ethics in translation, which draws upon the rich multiculturalism of the City of Toronto and addresses the ethics of multicultural societies, ethical discourse across religious and cultural boundaries, and the ethics of international society. The Ethics of A.I. Lab at the Centre For Ethics recently appeared on a list of 10 organizations leading the way in ethical A.I.: https://ocean.sagepub.com/blog/10-organizations-leading-the-way-in-ethical-ai ***Some background reading on artificial intelligence from the Stanford/Internet Encyclopedias of Philosophy: - https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/artificial-intelligence/ - https://www.iep.utm.edu/art-inte/ "

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/
Debate January 28, 2019, Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:30pm. Free? Toronto Debating Society - Debate: Uber must be subject to the same regulations as taxis.
Location: Runnymede United Church, Jewitt Hall, North Room, 432 Runnymede Rd.
Quote: "Join Toronto Debating Society for a lively debate about Uber! As always, the debate will be followed by a lively discussion in the neighborhood pub. Guests are welcome! Debate page: https://www.torontodebating.com/debate-01-28-2020 " Info: Toronto Debating Society, http://www.meetup.com/debate/, http://www.debating.ca

Food January 30, Thursdays, 3pm-7pm. Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market. Quote: "Local farmers (small farms from southern Ontario) sell their organically-grown products, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and breads. Runs all year. Access to the produce farm stands is from the south/side entrance facing the park (not through the main entrance facing the mall)."
Included farms/businesses that don't raise livestock and don't sell animal foods:
- Urban Harvest: 100% certified organic and heirloom seeds, seedlings and garden supplies.
- Forbes Wild Foods: Fruits, mushrooms, vegetables, syrups, vinegars and dry goods.
- Thorpe's Organic Produce Farm: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs, Millgrove ON;
- Plan B Organic Farm CSA: Organic vegetables, fruits & herbs.
- Kind Organics: Organic salad blends with herbs & edible flowers, sprouts, micro-greens, baby greens and wheatgrass.
- Niagara Lavender Farm: Organic tree fruits, berries, and lavender. Certified organic. Niagara on the Lake.
- Culture City: Black Bean Tempeh, Soy Tempeh, Soy Natto, Black Bean Natto. Locally made, organic bean, foodstuff.
- Floralora Flowers: Locally grown flowers and foliage for bouquet subscribers, market goers, florists and special event planners. Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Location: 875 Dufferin St, Dufferin Grove Park rink house, near Dufferin St & Dufferin Park Ave, between Bloor St West & College St (map). Info: market(at)dufferinpark.ca, http://www.dufferinpark.ca/market/market.html

Health Talk January 31, 2020, Friday, 7:15am-8:45am. Free. Bio-hacking & Longevity TO Meetup - Breakfast Club (Panelist Lecture Series) On 'BIOHACKING'. Hosted by Oksana Andreiuk.
Quote: "Event Description: On Friday, January 31st, 7:15-8:45am, join a panelist of health optimization experts for a discussion called 'Beyond Biohacking'. We'll aim to debunk myths, explore the coolest and scariest realities of our time, share practical tips and advice, and inform the audience on local and global biohacking trends and mainstays. Cost: 1 credit (Register on https://www.sweatandtonic.com/reserve/#/events/site )
Featuring: Oksana Andreiuk (MBiotech Scientist, Biohacking & Anti-Aging Consultant) Dr. Mehran Tabrizi (Chiropractor, Osteopath, Neuroscience Educator) Kiki Athanassoulias (Wellpreneur, Adaptogen & CBD specialist) Marc Capistrano (Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Entrepreneur) Tonya Papanikolov (Medicinal Mushroom Specialist & Registered Holistic Nutritionist)
Agenda: 7:15-7:30am - Arrival & Breakfast (Coffee/Tea, Breakfast Pudding & Bites) | 7:30-7:40am - Introductions | 7:40-8:20am - Moderated Q&A | 8:20-8:30am - Audience Q&A | 8:30-8:45am - Community Time
Series Description: The breakfast club is a laboratory for learners dedicated to supporting the personal growth of professionals. Experience highly curated discussions, group activities, panelists, and micro-workshops. Hear from innovators in the fields of health, wellness, business, technology, and education. #innovatorswithintention Supported by: Organic Traditions, The S&T Innovation Program"

Location: Sweat and Tonic, 225 Yonge St, NE corner with Shuter St, Toronto, ON. Info: Bio-hacking & Longevity Group (Toronto) Meetup, https://www.meetup.com/Bio-hacking-Longevity-Group-Toronto
Radio Philosophy Health Science January 31, 2020, Friday, 8:05pm. 99.1 FM. CBC Radio 1 - Ideas - The Teenage Brain. Quote: "Teenagers can be erratic and emotional. Sullen one moment and ecstatic the next. The logic behind their decision making could stump a genius — and let's not even talk about the risks an average teen is willing to take. All this could drive the most level headed parent or teacher to distraction. But recent science may just have the answer to the question of why teenagers are the way they are. And it's not just about hormones. This new understanding is changing the way some societies see teens and it may just lead to us to redraw the boundary between teenager and adult." Info: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas
Food Recycling Environment/Nature January ?, 2020. Bare Market Storefront.
Location: 1480 Danforth Ave.
Quote: "Bare market is your one-stop shop for affordable and locally sourced body, home care and DIY products (and food too once we are settled in our permanent location!) that are good for you and good for the planet! We stock a variety of items including bulk make-up (foundation, blush, eye shadow, etc.), shampoo, conditioner, all-purpose spray, dish soap, pet shampoo, air freshener, soap nuts, beeswax beads, jojoba oil and re-usable items like dryer balls, pot scrubbers, dusters, straws, razors, food baggies, toothbrushes... and so much more! Looking for something specific? Shoot us a message and we'll try out best to stock it for you if we don't already carry it! Check our full Product List on our website: https://bit.ly/2HVNtwZ .
To pass the Bare test, packaging should NOT be designed to end up in the dump. No, we don’t expect you to carry your olive oil and lentils home in the palms of your hands! What we mean by package-free is that our store is free from any single-use (or made-for-the-landfill) containers. Specifically, we do not carry or sell products that come in packaging that cannot be reused or composted.
Need a simpler option? Use one of our donated containers for free or participate in our container-lending program for a small, 100% refundable deposit."

Razors: Merkur XL (Germany, $50) | Merkur (Germany, $56) | Rockwell (US, $20) |
Razor Blades: Astra (US, 5/pkg, $2.35) | Derby (Sweden, 5/pkg, $1.50) | Feather (Japan, black, 10/pkg, $3.25) | Feather (Japan, yellow, 10/pkg, $6.50) | Rockwell (US, 5/pkg, $1.00) | Shark (Egypt, 5/pkg, $1.50) | Starter Pack (1 blade each, $4.50 | Starter Pack (1 pack each, $15.00))
Info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/baremrkt/events/?ref=page_internal, https://www.facebook.com/events/448920005850865/?event_time_id=448920009184198, https://baremarket.ca/

Looking Ahead...

Recycling February 1, Saturday, 10am-1pm. Free. Really Really Free Market Toronto. Usually the first Saturday of each month. Visit time limit: 2 hours. Quote: "Really Really Free Market, ... @ Campbell Park, 195 Campbell Avenue (10 minute walk from Landsdowne Station). No money. No barter. No trade. Everything is free. If you wish to make a contribution, remember: a) although we're open until 4pm, we can't accept any new items after 3pm b) please only bring items that are clean and in working condition c) we can't accept furniture and other large items, unless you leave your contact info and are available to pick up your large item(s) if it's not taken by the end of the market. No baby car seats, please. We do have a one-shopping-cart/person and two-shopping-carts/family limit; but after 3 pm, you may take a carload if you wish! Any questions?--please write to rrfmarket@gmail.com. (Do not direct reply to this post.) Hope to see you there."
Location: Campbell Park, 255 Campbell Ave, west on Dupont past Lansdowne, south on Campbell, near Wallace Ave (map). Info: https://twitter.com/search?q=%40RRFMcampbellprk&src=typd, http://rrfmarket.blogspot.ca/
History Environment/Nature February 2, 2020, Sunday, 2:30pm. Free? TFN Lecture - Nature in the City. Location: UofT Emmanuel College, Room 001, 75 Queen's Park Cres East. Speaker: Katie Thomas.
Quote:"Join TFN and Katie Thomas for “Nature in the City”, our first free lecture of 2020! Katie will present on the spectacular diversity of wildlife that visits her 5 metre x 5 metre backyard in downtown Toronto, which has included over 800 species of moths, over 150 species of birds, and a surprising variety of dragonflies, butterflies, mammals, and bees.
Doors open at 2:00 pm. Lecture is free and open to everyone, TFN members and non-members alike. TFN lectures are held at Emmanuel College, Room 001, 75 Queen’s Park Cres E, just south of Museum subway station exit, east side of Queen’s Park. Accessible entrance second door south on Queen’s Park. Elevator inside to the right. Room 001 is one floor below street level. For information: call 416-593-2656 up to noon on the Friday preceding the lecture. This event is part of our free monthly lecture series. TFN members enjoy advance notice of upcoming lectures and follow-up commentary in our newsletter. Not a member? Learn more about the benefits of membership now! Please tag any posts related to this lecture with #TFNTalk so that we can all join in the conversation."

Info: Toronto Field Naturalists, 416-593-2656 (Office Hrs: Fridays am), http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/, https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/walks/
Recycling February 6, 2020, Thursday, 6pm-9pm. Free. Mini Repair Café at New College, UofT. Quote: "Fixing computers, small appliances, home electronics, general housewares and clothing. NOTE: Visitor registration ends at 8:00 p.m." Location: New College Residence, UofT, Willcocks east of Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca
Philosophy Book Discussion February 6, Thursday, 6:30pm-9:30pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - The Cardinal Virtues: Courage. Hosted by Alex.
Location: Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "What is courage? And perhaps more importantly, how do we live courageously? In this meeting we’ll take a close and practical look at the virtue of courage, with the aim of answering both of these questions. We’ll use the ethics of the ancients to ask how we can bring courage into our own lives here and now.
OVERVIEW The ancients argued that a life of true happiness (eudaimonia) is achieved through the practice of virtue. Courage is one of the four cardinal virtues, those on which all others hinge. It consists in having the right relationship to our own fears. Courage teaches us to act in spite of being afraid by showing us that something greater than fear is at stake. It also means assessing the risks of an action and avoiding recklessness. A life of true courage brings peace of mind and serenity. It makes us confident that the freedom within us is stronger than the danger that threatens from outside.
“Virtue must always begin anew,” Kant wrote. It is never complete once and for all but is always a work in progress. The same is true of us as individuals. We work on our character in order to embody the principles and ideals that we value. The ancients called this work “education” and provided it to those few among them that they considered “best”. In our modern day, education is open to all, regardless of class, gender, ethnicity, wealth or ability. However, this opportunity comes with a duty: it falls to each of us to further our own education in virtue. This is why I propose to meet and talk about courage. Not only is it one of the cardinal virtues, but education itself is a supremely courageous act. It means letting go of the self we are used to and facing what is as yet unknown.
READINGS AND REFLECTION I strongly encourage reading one or more of the selections below.
Plato on courage: http://bit.ly/Plato_courage
Aristotle on courage: http://bit.ly/Aristotle__courage
The Stoics on courage: http://bit.ly/Stoics_courage
I also ask that we reflect on what courage means to us personally. For this purpose, I’ve posted a list of reflection questions. Please take some time to think about them before the meeting. Reflection questions on courage: http://bit.ly/Reflection_courage
You might even want to follow the advice of the Stoics and keep a virtue journal, where you reflect in writing on what the virtues mean for your life. These questions can be used for that too. To type into the document, either save it to your Google Drive by selecting File->Make a copy, or download it to your computer.
Note: these questions are for personal reflection. There is no requirement to share on any of them with the group, though you can if you decide to. I will ask that we remain mindful of each other if we choose to discuss our personal reflections. Our central focus will be on the virtue of courage - its meaning, sources and its role in our lives. All other discussion (for example, about emotions, current affairs, personal history, etc.) will be oriented towards the topic of courage. Also, please be mindful about sharing sensitive personal information, as we are a public group open to all and full privacy cannot be guaranteed. That said, we'll aim to create a supportive environment where we can all explore the meaning of courage in our lives.
How to find us... We'll meet in the lower-level sitting area (food hall) at Yorkville Village, right next to the Avenue Rd. entrance. If coming by subway, get off at Bay Station and take the Cumberland exit."

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/
Science Talk February 6, Thursday, 9pm. Free. Public Astronomy Talks and Demos - Dark energy: The weirdest 70% of the Universe. Speaker: Pavel Motloch, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. Pavel is from the Czech Republic and before coming to Toronto did his PhD at the University of Chicago.
Quote: "It seems that majority of the Universe is made out of dark energy, stuff that is completely unlike anything else we have ever encountered. Why do we believe this and what do we actually know about this enigmatic substance? You will learn about how dying stars reveal an expanding Universe and how its expansion accelerates, instead of slowing down. Then we will discuss how the oldest light in the Universe confirmed this strange tale, before looking into the twisted history of the dark energy and how our best estimate of its properties failed miserably. Let's dive together into one of the biggest mysteries the Universe has to offer. "
Location: Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON.
Info: University of Toronto Astronomy Department, astro(dot)utoronto(dot)ca, http://www.astro.utoronto(dot)ca/~gasa/astrotours/
Food February 7, 2020, Saturday, 7pm-10pm. $5/PYOW. Toronto Vegan Meetup: Toronto Vegan Drinks.
Location: Parka, 424 Queen St West, Toronto, M5V 2A7.
Quote: "Hosted by Beverly... Vegan Drinks is a monthly social networking event for people interested in veganism. You don't have to be a vegan to come along, but please eat and drink only vegan-friendly fare at this event. Come have fun after work with fellow vegans and make new friends through networking! Since this is the halloween version, there will be prizes for the best costume. So Dress up! What to do? • Show up. Buy drinks. Buy food if you are hungry. Socialize. It is so simple, yet so effective. There is no cover charge. But I will be collecting donations (suggested: 2-5$). - This is because the meetup costs 180$ to run. • Be friendly! We will hand out name tags, so you can march right up to someone and greet them by name. • Promote! If you represent an organization (either as an employee or volunteer or general supporter), talk about the organization and the work you've been involved in. • Socialize! Talk about your vegan and Animal Rights interests, your favourite restaurant, your dream job for animals, your blog, whatever. If you have any questions, please email beverlycarey68@gmail.com"
Info/RSVP: http://veg.ca/events-calendar, https://www.meetup.com/torontovegan/
Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike February 8, 2020, Saturday, 10am. Free. TFN Nature Walk - Earl Bales Park and the West Don Valley. Start: Sheppard Ave West and Don River Blvd.
Quote: "Arborist & ecological restoration expert, Stephen Smith, will lead a walk along the Earl Bales trail south from Sheppard Ave., looking at one of Toronto’s best remaining large blocks of natural habitat. We’ll see mature and regenerating forests and the large stormwater pond built in 2011. Meet at the bus stop at the corner of Sheppard Ave. W. and Don River Blvd. Be prepared for walking on some moderate hills and icy trails, which could take around four hours. Bring lunch. Washrooms in the ski chalet at the end. This walk is only one of more than 140 that TFN will host this year alone! TFN members enjoy a complete listing of walks in our newsletter. Not a member? Learn more about the benefits of membership now! Please tag any photos you take on this walk with #TFNWalk so that we can all live vicariously through your lens."
Info: Toronto Field Naturalists, 416-593-2656 (Office Hrs: Fridays am), http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/, https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/walks/
Food February 8, 2020, Friday, 7pm-10pm. $?/PYOW. Toronto Vegan Meetup: CashFlow 101 Boardgame Social for Vegans.
Location: Copper Branch, 410 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON. Every 2nd Friday of the month.
Quote: "Hosted by Sunita Pace and Viren. Let's play and learn about handling money while enjoying some delicious vegan food. This event is for any one interested in learning more about money, real estate and investments, in the easiest way, the way of the game. This is a Foundational Game to help start you off on a powerful journey to true financial independence and wisdom. Where you will learn how to get the most out of each time you play and maximize your financial growth and development! Investing is a skill most can’t learn from a book. The alternative of learning in the ‘real world’ could prove costly. You need to first understand your own behaviour. CASHFLOW 101 was created as a fun, powerful, and experiential way to teach investing and wealth building. Manage assets and liabilities, trade stocks and fight your way out of the Rat Race."
Info/RSVP: http://veg.ca/events-calendar, https://www.meetup.com/torontovegan/
Recycling February 12, 2020, Wednesday, 9:30amm-12:30pm. Free. Mini Repair Café at Oasis Dufferin Community Centre. Quote: "Fixing small appliances, home electronics, general housewares and clothing. Visitor registration ends at 11:30 a.m. Entrance on Hallam St. Stairs to enter." Location: Oasis Dufferin Community Centre, 1219 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6H 4C2. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca
Food Discussion February 13, 2020, Thursday, 6pm-8pm. RSVP Required. PYOW. TVA's Vegetarians of High Park - Dinner at South Indian Dosa Mahal.
Location: South Indian Dosa Mahal vegetarian restaurant, 9 Roncesvalles Ave.
Quote: "Come check out the new location of the all vegetarian restaurant South Indian Dosa Mahal at 9 Roncesvalles Avenue. RSVP required by Friday, February 7th"
Info/RSVP: highpark(at)veg.ca, http://highparkveg.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/, http://veg.ca/content/view/39/70/#highpark
Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike February 15, 2020, Saturday, 10am. Free. TFN Nature Walk - Birds, Trees and Effluvia by Ashbridges Bay. Start: Coxwell Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd East.
Quote: "Join Bob Kortright for a circular walk around the perimeter of Ashbridge Bay Park, past Coatsworth Cut, viewing ducks and gulls against the backdrop of Toronto’s main sewage treatment plant and ending at the Tim Hortons by the Woodbine bus loop. Mostly paved surfaces, flat with some gentle slopes. Meet at the southwest corner of Coxwell Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd. E. Washrooms at the end. Bring binoculars. Check the forecast for Toronto Island. It is windier along the lakeshore. This walk is only one of more than 140 that TFN will host this year alone! TFN members enjoy a complete listing of walks in our newsletter. Not a member? Learn more about the benefits of membership now! Please tag any photos you take on this walk with #TFNWalk so that we can all live vicariously through your lens."
Info: Toronto Field Naturalists, 416-593-2656 (Office Hrs: Fridays am), http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/, https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/walks/
Food February 15, 2020, Friday, 12n-2pm. PYOW. Toronto Vegan Meetup: Toronto Vegan Entrepreneur brunch.
Location: Copper Branch, 410 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON.
Quote: " There are many vegan entrepreneurs in the city but no common forum to share ideas and support each other. Its tough being a small business owner, let alone a vegan entrepreneur. Let's meet each month, learn about each others businesses and share ideas to support each other. Please only rsvp if you are serious about attending and sharing business ideas with other entrepreneurs. Not open to MLM businesses such as Arbonne, Primerica, World Financial Group.
Hosted by Viren. How to find us... Inside near the front counter"

Info/RSVP: http://veg.ca/events-calendar, https://www.meetup.com/torontovegan/
Food February 16, Sunday, 10:30am-12:30pm. Free? RSVP Required. Toronto Vegan Baking Group: VEGANtine's Day Baking Event Potluck.
Location: TVA Resource Centre, 360 College St, Unit 301, west of Spadina Ave.
Quote: "Are you someone who LOVES baking, LOVES animals, and LOVES sharing your homemade treats with like-minded pals!? If so, this event is for you! Please bring a (vegan, of course) baked item of your choice (sweet or savory) to share with the group :) There are usually between 10 - 20 attendees, so please try to bring enough for everyone! I'll be posting some Valentine's-themed dessert ideas on the event page for inspiration! This event will be located at the *NEW* Toronto Vegetarian Association Resource Centre on College St. - transit and parking instructions to follow.".
Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheVeganBaking/
Environment/Nature Walk February 16, 2018, Saturday, 1pm-3pm. Free? Friends of Cedarvale: Nature Walk. Led by Miles Hearn. Start: St Clair West subway station, Heath St entrance/exit on Tichester Rd and Heath St West. Quote:"Winter nature walk with noted naturalist Miles Hearn 1-3 pm, starting from the St Clair W subway exit on Heath St W." Info: Friends of Cedarvale, https://friendsofcedarvale.wordpress.com/
Food February 20, 2020, Thursday, 7pm-9pm. PYOW. TVA Toronto Dinner Social Group: Dinner at Papyrus.
Location: Papyrus, 337 Danforth Ave.
Quote: "Please join us for lively conversation and delicious food at our upcoming dinner. All members and non members, veg, vegan and transitioning are welcome. Please RSVP by the Wednesday before each event at: tvadinner(at)veg.ca or by phone: 416-544-9800."
Info: http://veg.ca/events-calendar/dinner-social-group-36/, http://veg.ca/events-calendar/
Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike February 22, 2020, Saturday, 10am. Free. TFN Nature Walk - Valley Trail Walk in Scarborough. Start: Kingston Rd and Old Kingston Rd.
Quote: "Join Linda McCaffery for a circular nature walk along a new accessible trail, allegedly maintained throughout the winter, connecting the University of Toronto athletic fields in the valley with the Scarborough campus arrayed along the Military Trail. The Valley Trail winds through the woodlands along the steep eastern slope of the valley with excellent viewing platforms and vistas into the woodlands. There are historic dwellings along the way in West Hill and there are deer in the woods. Meet at the eastbound bus stop at the intersection of Kingston Rd and Old Kingston Rd. An early exit can be made at the bus circle on campus. No washrooms. This walk is only one of more than 140 that TFN will host this year alone! TFN members enjoy a complete listing of walks in our newsletter. Not a member? Learn more about the benefits of membership now! Please tag any photos you take on this walk with #TFNWalk so that we can all live vicariously through your lens."
Info: Toronto Field Naturalists, 416-593-2656 (Office Hrs: Fridays am), http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/, https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/walks/
Recycling February 22, 2020, Saturday, 12n-4pm. Free. Repair Café at Central Neighbourhood House. Quote: "Do you have a broken household item? Don’t toss it! Bring your small appliances, computers, electronics, clothes, jewellery, books, and more, and we will show you how to fix it for free...Note: Visitor registration ends at 3:00 p.m" Location: Central Neighbourhood House, 349 Ontario St, 3 blocks east of Sherbourbe St, 1 block south of Gerrard St East, Toronto, ON M5A 2V8. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca
Previous Locations: - Albert Campbell Library, 496 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, between St Clair Ave East and Danforth Rd. - Cedarbrae Branch, Toronto Public Library, 545 Markham Rd, one block south of Lawrence Ave East, Scarborough, ON M1B. - Central Neighbourhood House, 349 Ontario St, 3 blocks east of Sherbourbe St, 1 block south of Gerrard St East. - Don Mills library, 888 Lawrence Ave East, west of Don Mills Rd. - Driftwood Community Recreation Centre, 4401 Jane Street, North York. - Elmbank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd, south of Finch Ave West, east of Martin Grove Rd, Rexdale. - HackLab.TO, 1266 Queen St West, 2nd floor, buzz Unit #12. - Main Street Library, 137 Main St, Toronto, ON M4E 2V9. - North York Central Library branch TPL. - Parkdale branch, Toronto Public Library, 1303 Queen Street West. - Park Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Avenue. - Ralph Thornton Centre, Queen/Saulter, TPL Branch, 765 Queen Street East. - Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1L3. - S. Walter Stewart branch, Toronto Public Library, 170 Memorial Park Avenue, East York. - Skills For Change, 2nd Floor, 791 St Clair Ave West, 4 blocks west of Christie St, near the Arlington streetcar stop. - STEAMLabs, 49 Cameron Street, Toronto (north west corner of Spadina and Queen), Lower Level'. - Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church, 1038 Woodbine Ave, East York, ON M4C 4C4. - Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, 1 block north of Bloor St. - Toronto Tool Library, 1803 Danforth Ave near Coxwell - Wychwood Green Barn, 601 Christie St, between Wychwood Ave and Christie St, 2 blocks south of St Clair Ave West.

History Environment/Nature March 1, 2020, Sunday, 2:30pm. Free? TFN Lecture - Flying Squirrels. Location: UofT Emmanuel College, Room 001, 75 Queen's Park Cres East. Speaker: Jeff Bowman, Trent University.
Quote:"TBA."
Info: Toronto Field Naturalists, 416-593-2656 (Office Hrs: Fridays am), http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/, https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/walks/
Recycling March 4, 2020, Wednesday, 9:30amm-12:30pm. Free. Mini Repair Café at Oasis Dufferin Community Centre. Quote: "Fixing small appliances, home electronics, general housewares and clothing. Visitor registration ends at 11:30 a.m. Entrance on Hallam St. Stairs to enter." Location: Oasis Dufferin Community Centre, 1219 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6H 4C2. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca
Recycling March 7, Saturday, 10am-4pm. Free. Really Really Free Market Toronto. Usually the first Saturday of each month. Visit time limit: 2 hours. Quote: "Really Really Free Market, ... @ Campbell Park, 195 Campbell Avenue (10 minute walk from Landsdowne Station). No money. No barter. No trade. Everything is free. If you wish to make a contribution, remember: a) although we're open until 4pm, we can't accept any new items after 3pm b) please only bring items that are clean and in working condition c) we can't accept furniture and other large items, unless you leave your contact info and are available to pick up your large item(s) if it's not taken by the end of the market. No baby car seats, please. We do have a one-shopping-cart/person and two-shopping-carts/family limit; but after 3 pm, you may take a carload if you wish! Any questions?--please write to rrfmarket@gmail.com. (Do not direct reply to this post.) Hope to see you there."
Location: Campbell Park, 255 Campbell Ave, west on Dupont past Lansdowne, south on Campbell, near Wallace Ave (map). Info: https://twitter.com/search?q=%40RRFMcampbellprk&src=typd, http://rrfmarket.blogspot.ca/
Food March 13, 2020, Friday, 7pm-10pm. $?/PYOW. Toronto Vegan Meetup: CashFlow 101 Boardgame Social for Vegans.
Location: Copper Branch, 410 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON. Every 2nd Friday of the month.
Quote: "Hosted by Sunita Pace and Viren. Let's play and learn about handling money while enjoying some delicious vegan food. This event is for any one interested in learning more about money, real estate and investments, in the easiest way, the way of the game. This is a Foundational Game to help start you off on a powerful journey to true financial independence and wisdom. Where you will learn how to get the most out of each time you play and maximize your financial growth and development! Investing is a skill most can’t learn from a book. The alternative of learning in the ‘real world’ could prove costly. You need to first understand your own behaviour. CASHFLOW 101 was created as a fun, powerful, and experiential way to teach investing and wealth building. Manage assets and liabilities, trade stocks and fight your way out of the Rat Race."
Info/RSVP: http://veg.ca/events-calendar, https://www.meetup.com/torontovegan/
Recycling March 21, 2020, Saturday, 12n-4pm. Free. Repair Café at Richview Library . Quote: "Do you have a broken household item? Don’t toss it! Bring your small appliances, computers, electronics, clothes, jewellery, books, and more, and we will show you how to fix it for free... Note: Visitor registration ends at 3:00 p.m" Location: Richview Library, 1806 Islington Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9P 3N3. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca
Previous Locations: - Albert Campbell Library, 496 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, between St Clair Ave East and Danforth Rd. - Cedarbrae Branch, Toronto Public Library, 545 Markham Rd, one block south of Lawrence Ave East, Scarborough, ON M1B. - Central Neighbourhood House, 349 Ontario St, 3 blocks east of Sherbourbe St, 1 block south of Gerrard St East. - Don Mills library, 888 Lawrence Ave East, west of Don Mills Rd. - Driftwood Community Recreation Centre, 4401 Jane Street, North York. - Elmbank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd, south of Finch Ave West, east of Martin Grove Rd, Rexdale. - HackLab.TO, 1266 Queen St West, 2nd floor, buzz Unit #12. - Main Street Library, 137 Main St, Toronto, ON M4E 2V9. - North York Central Library branch TPL. - Parkdale branch, Toronto Public Library, 1303 Queen Street West. - Park Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Avenue. - Ralph Thornton Centre, Queen/Saulter, TPL Branch, 765 Queen Street East. - Richview Library, 1806 Islington Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9P 3N3. - Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1L3. - S. Walter Stewart branch, Toronto Public Library, 170 Memorial Park Avenue, East York. - Skills For Change, 2nd Floor, 791 St Clair Ave West, 4 blocks west of Christie St, near the Arlington streetcar stop. - STEAMLabs, 49 Cameron Street, Toronto (north west corner of Spadina and Queen), Lower Level'. - Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church, 1038 Woodbine Ave, East York, ON M4C 4C4. - Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, 1 block north of Bloor St. - Toronto Tool Library, 1803 Danforth Ave near Coxwell - Wychwood Green Barn, 601 Christie St, between Wychwood Ave and Christie St, 2 blocks south of St Clair Ave West.

History Environment/Nature April 5, 2020, Sunday, 2:30pm. Free? TFN Lecture - Dog-Strangling Vine. Location: UofT Emmanuel College, Room 001, 75 Queen's Park Cres East. Speaker: Stuart Livingston, University of Toronto.
Quote:"TBA."
Info: Toronto Field Naturalists, 416-593-2656 (Office Hrs: Fridays am), http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/, https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/walks/
Food April 10, 2020, Friday, 7pm-10pm. $?/PYOW. Toronto Vegan Meetup: CashFlow 101 Boardgame Social for Vegans.
Location: Copper Branch, 410 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON. Every 2nd Friday of the month.
Quote: "Hosted by Sunita Pace and Viren. Let's play and learn about handling money while enjoying some delicious vegan food. This event is for any one interested in learning more about money, real estate and investments, in the easiest way, the way of the game. This is a Foundational Game to help start you off on a powerful journey to true financial independence and wisdom. Where you will learn how to get the most out of each time you play and maximize your financial growth and development! Investing is a skill most can’t learn from a book. The alternative of learning in the ‘real world’ could prove costly. You need to first understand your own behaviour. CASHFLOW 101 was created as a fun, powerful, and experiential way to teach investing and wealth building. Manage assets and liabilities, trade stocks and fight your way out of the Rat Race."
Info/RSVP: http://veg.ca/events-calendar, https://www.meetup.com/torontovegan/
Recycling April 25, 2020, Saturday, 12n-4pm. Free. Mini Repair Café at Bain Co-op. Quote: "Fixing small appliances, home electronics, housewares, clothing, jewellery and bikes... Note: Visitor registration ends at 3 p.m." Location: Bain Co-op, 100 Bain Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1E8. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca
History Environment/Nature May 3, 2020, Sunday, 2:30pm. Free? TFN Lecture - Rethinking Beauty: Inspiring Gardeners in a Changing World. Location: UofT Emmanuel College, Room 001, 75 Queen's Park Cres East. Speaker: Paul Zammit, Toronto Botanical Gardens.
Quote:"TBA."
Info: Toronto Field Naturalists, 416-593-2656 (Office Hrs: Fridays am), http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/, https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/walks/
Recycling Environment/Nature Food June 27, 2018, Saturday, 11am-6pm. Free. Vegan Social Events Group - The Sustainable Block Party.
Quote: "inspiring guest speakers, vegan food, eco-friendly lifestyle vendors, a charity silent auction, and more! Visit the Facebook Event Page here - share + invite your friends! For vendor + sponsorship opportunities please get in touch via the contact page."
Tentative Location (Subject to change): Organic Garage, 43 Junction Road, Toronto.
Info: http://www.lovewildlivefree.com/events

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