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Food Recycling Environment/Nature February 2020. Bare Market Storefront.
Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-7pm, Sat 9pm-7pm, Sun 9pm-5pm.
Location: 1480 Danforth Ave, west of Coxwell Ave, east of Monarch Park Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1N4.
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://baremarket.ca/
Radio Canada February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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 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 1pm, we can't accept any new items after 2pm 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/
Radio February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Saturdays, 10:05am. FM 99.1. CBC1 News Magazine - Day Six. Info: http://www.cbc.ca/day6/
Radio February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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,
Radio Science Environment/Nature February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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 February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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/
Radio Canada February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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 February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Saturdays, 6pm. AM 1010 CFRB TED Radio Hour . Info: http://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1010/shows/ted-radio-hour-1.1761523
Radio Humour February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Saturdays, 6:30pm-7pm. FM 99.1. CBC1 Comedy: Laugh Out Loud. http://www.cbc.ca/programguide/program/laugh_out_loud

Radio History Philosophy Health Science February 2, 9, 16, 23, 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,
Recycling February 2, 9, 2020, Sundays, 12n-4pm. Free. Mini Repair Cafe Storefront. Quote: "We’re fixing Small Appliances, Home Electronics, Household Items and Clothing." Visitor registration ends at 3:30 p.m. Site is accessible" 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 Computers/Internet February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2020, 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/
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/
Radio Canada February 2, 9, 16, 23, 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 February 2, 9, 16, 23, Sundays, 6:05pm-7pm. AM 1010 CFRB Tech Talk. Info: http://www.newstalk1010.com

Food February 3, 10, 17, 24, 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 February 3, 10, 17, 24, 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 February 3, 10, 17, 24, 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 February 4, 11, 18, 25, 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

Food February 6, 13, 20, 27, 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
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, Friday, 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: https://www.meetup.com/torontovegan/

Recycling February 9, 2020, Sundays, 12n-4pm. Free. Mini Repair Cafe Storefront. Quote: "We’re fixing Small Appliances, Home Electronics, Household Items and Clothing. Visitor registration ends at 3:30 p.m. Site is accessible" 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 February 10, 17, 24, 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 February 10, 2020, Monday, 7pm-9pm. Free. The Toronto Existentialists Meetup - Relationships and Existentialism. Hosted by Giedre.
Location: Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place Street Level, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "Let’s discuss Relationships and Existentialism! Please respect your RSVP. Description TBA.
Existentialism has been defined as a philosophical theory which emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own meaning and purpose through acts of the will. The Toronto Existentialists is a by-weekly meetup that focuses on discussing and applying existentialism philosophy to our everyday life."

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

Debate February 11, 2019, Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:30pm. Free? Toronto Debating Society - Debate: The United States is a war monger.
Location: Runnymede United Church, Jewitt Hall, North Room, 432 Runnymede Rd.
Quote: "Join Toronto Debating Society for a lively debate about US wars! 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-02-11-2020 " Info: Toronto Debating Society, http://www.meetup.com/debate/, http://www.debating.ca

Recycling February 12, 2020, Wednesday, 9:30am-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, at Hallam Street, south of Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6H 4C2. Info: http://repaircafetoronto.ca
Philosophy Book Discussion February 12, Wednesday, 12:30pm-2:30pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - International Human Rights Law and A.I. Governance. Hosted by Alex.
Speaker: Anna Su, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.
Location: University of Toronto, Larkin Building, Room 200, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "The increasing use and deployment of artificial intelligence (A.I.) poses many challenges for human rights. This talk is largely a mapping exercise and explores the advantages and disadvantages of using international human rights law to regulate AI applications. Particularly, it examines existing strategies by international bodies, national governments, corporations, and non-profit partnerships on how to govern and consequently ensure the development of AI is consistent with the protection of human rights. Not all of these strategies refer to or include references to human rights law or principles. In fact, most of them are self-adopted ethical guidelines or self-regulating norms based on a variety of sources to mitigate the risks and challenges of, as well as identifying the opportunities brought about by AI-powered systems. In recent years, academic and policy literature from a variety of disciplines has emphasized the importance of a human rights-based approach to AI governance. That means identifying risks to recognized human rights, obliging governments to incorporate their human rights obligations in their respective national policies, and even applying international human rights law itself. This was encapsulated in the Toronto Declaration, issued last May 2018 by a group of academics and civil liberties groups, which called on states and companies to meet their existing responsibilities to safeguard human rights. But save for few exceptions, it remains a question what and how that approach concretely looks like, and why it is beneficial to do so in the first place. Anna Su's primary areas of research include the history of international human rights law, U.S. constitutional law (First Amendment), and law and religion. Her research has appeared in journals such as the Notre Dame Law Review, Supreme Court Law Review, International Journal of Constitutional Law, and Journal of Catholic Legal Studies. She is the author of Exporting Freedom: Religious Liberty and American Power (Harvard 2016), which charts the rise of religious freedom as an ideal firmly enshrined in international law and shows how America’s promotion of the cause of individuals worldwide to freely practice their faith advanced its ascent as a global power. (https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674286023)
*** 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."

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

Food February 13, 20, 27, 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 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
Radio Philosophy Health Science Environment/Nature February 13, 2020, Thursday, 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

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, Saturday, 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. Hosted by Rachelle.
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, 2020, Sunday, 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/
Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike February 16, 2020, Sunday, 2pm-4pm. Free. Lost River Walk - Lower Don Lands: Natural and Human Heritage. Start: Near Eastern Ave and Cherry St.
Quote: "Meeting at the site of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn’s home, a touchstone for heritage in Black History Month, we will walk through the Lower Don Lands to see the impacts of brownfield redevelopment and infrastructure planning on natural and cultural heritage resources in the rapidly-changing Lower Don Lands. A linear walk dictated by weather conditions, starting at Eastern and Cherry streets."
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 February 17, 24, 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 Discussion February 19, Wednesday, 6pm-8:30pm. Free. Green Drinks in Toronto. Usually 6pm, 3rd Wednesday of each month. 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."
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.
Info: http://www.greendrinks.org/ON/Toronto
Food Health Book Discussion February 19, Wednesday, 6:30pm. Free. TVA Reads Vegetarian Book Club - Discussion and Vegan Potluck.
Book to be reviewed: The Cheese Trap by Dr. Neal Barnard.
Quote: "Join us on Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30 pm to discuss The Cheese Trap, by Dr. Neal Barnard, and to enjoy a vegan potluck. Please bring a vegan dish to share, your own cutlery and plate, and drink if you wish. We meet at the Centre for Social Innovation on Bathurst in June’s room on the 1st floor. Please RSVP to tvareads@veg.ca."
Location: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), 720 Bathurst St, two blocks south of Bloor St West.
Info: tvareads(at)veg.ca, http://veg.ca/events-calendar/2019-06/, http://veg.ca/events-calendar/tva-reads-the-tipping-point-by-malcolm-gladwell/

Food February 20, 27, 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 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/

Food Discussion February 21, 2020, Friday, 6pm-8pm. PYOW. Richmond Hill Vegans Meetup - Friday Meet and Greet @ Vegan Danish Bakery.
Quote: "Our next meetup will be at the Vegan Danish Bakery. One of the best bakeries in the cities and it just happens to be all vegan! Please RSVP so we know how many to expect. Can't wait to see again/meet everyone who can make it.... Zhan W."
Location: Vegan Danish Bakery, 7718 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON.
Info/RSVP: durhamveg( at )gmail.com, https://veg.ca/toronto-veg-community/vegetarian-and-vegan-groups/#durham, https://www.meetup.com/Richmond-Hill-Vegans

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/
Food Walk Health February 22, 2020, Saturday, 11am-2pm. PYOW. TVA Veg Fitness Meetup Group - February 2020 Veg Fitness Meetup - Rock Climbing. Organized by Jenn Johnston-Fudge.
Location: The Rock Oasis, 388 Carlaw Ave Suite 204, Toronto, Ontario M4M 2T4.
Quote: "Hi All. For our February meet up we will be doing 2 things; welcoming Mark back and going back to the Rock Oasis to climb. There are options for beginners, experienced climbers or those that just want to boulder (like me). We will post further details on costs and lessons shortly. If you have any questions please let me know. You can check out the Rock Oasis at the link below: https://www.rockoasis.com/site/?page_id=15 "
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/
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.

Food February 24, 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 February 24, 2020, Monday, 7pm-9pm. Free. The Toronto Existentialists Meetup - Modern World Threats to Freedom, Choice and Individuality. Hosted by Giedre.
Location: Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place Street Level, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "Description TBA.
Existentialism has been defined as a philosophical theory which emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own meaning and purpose through acts of the will. The Toronto Existentialists is a by-weekly meetup that focuses on discussing and applying existentialism philosophy to our everyday life."

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

Philosophy Book Discussion February 25, Tuesday, 6:30pm-9:30pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - The Cardinal Virtues: Temperance. Hosted by Alex.
Location: Toronto City Hall, Committee Room #1, 100 Queen St West, Toronto.
Quote: "How can we develop the virtues of temperance and moderation while living in a consumerist and materialist culture? According to the ancient Greeks, this is an essential question for the health of one’s soul. The moderation of desire allows a person to see the true purposes of life and thus achieve true happiness. In this meet-up we’ll focus on the cardinal virtue of temperance. We’ll read from Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics and we’ll reflect on how we can apply temperance to our lives today.
OVERVIEW For the ancient Greeks the virtue of sôphrosunê is essential for the noble character. It is usually translated as temperance or moderation and is depicted as a woman diluting wine with water. As such, it means the right attitude to one's bodily desires, avoiding the extremes of self-indulgence and apathy. But the Greek word also has a broader meaning. It literally stands for "sound-mindedness", a quality of inner harmony and beauty of soul. This involves modesty, dignity, due respect for others, awareness of one's position relative to others and proper restraint of one's ambitions. As with everything else, the ancients understand this virtue in its social and political context. The opposite of sôphrosunê is often taken to be hubris.
The Athens of Socrates and Plato was similar to Western society today. It was a democracy that had lost its principles and was sliding towards tyranny. It was ruled by money and valued entertainment and pleasure over education and virtue. Socrates and Plato, and after them Aristotle and the Stoics, all made a claim in favour of the rational life. They argued that reason should govern the passions, regulate relations with others and guide a person towards true happiness. Virtue is the practice of this rational agency, and temperance is in many ways its foundation. Without a self-controlled attitude towards one’s desires, the higher virtues cannot be realized.
READINGS AND REFLECTION Reading one or more of the selections below is strongly recommended. Plato on temperance: http://bit.ly/Plato_virtues | Aristotle on temperance: http://bit.ly/Aristotle_temperance | The Stoics on temperance: http://bit.ly/Stoics_temperance
I also suggest reflecting on what temperance means to us personally. For this purpose, there is a list of reflection questions below. Please take some time to think about them before the meeting.
Reflection questions on temperance: http://bit.ly/Reflection_temperance
The Stoics even recommend keeping a virtue journal, where one can reflect in writing on what the virtues mean for one's life. To type into the above 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 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 temperance - 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 temperance. 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 temperance in our lives.."

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/
Debate February 25, 2019, Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:30pm. Free? Toronto Debating Society - Debate: Social media threatens democracy.
Location: Runnymede United Church, Jewitt Hall, North Room, 432 Runnymede Rd.
Quote: "Join Toronto Debating Society for a lively debate about the impact of Social Media on Democracy. 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-02-25-2020 " Info: Toronto Debating Society, http://www.meetup.com/debate/, http://www.debating.ca

Food February 26, Wednesday, 6pm-7:30pm. POSTPONED TO MARCH DUE TO SNOWSTORM. Free. Toronto Vegetarian Association: Instant Pot Cooking Demo. Hosted by Denyse and Sarah.
Location: TVA Resource Centre, 360 College St, Unit 301, west of Spadina Ave, Toronto M5T 1S6.
Quote: "Curious as to what this Instant Pot cooking trend is all about? Want to know what you can make as a vegan with an Instant Pot? Join TVA's Denyse and Sarah for this workshop. They are passionate users of the Instant Pot and will demystify any fears you may have about its use. They will prepare two dishes for everyone to sample, made in the Instant Pot on the spot, while sharing tips and tricks. Look out for a breakfast and dinner option. Everything is vegan, and the workshop is free! This is the perfect event to bring along a friend or family member who is interested in going veg and looking for quick, easy meal ideas.".
Info: TVA, info( at )veg.ca, 416-544-9800, https://veg.ca/

Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike February 27, 2020, Thursday, 10am. Free. TFN Nature Walk - Colonel Samuel Smith Park. Start:Lakeshore Blvd. West and Kipling Ave.
Quote: "Meet Anne Powell at Lakeshore Blvd. West and Kipling Ave. for a 2 hour circular walk on mostly paved surfaces to view winter waterfowl. Bring binoculars. Dress for winter conditions. Washrooms at beginning of walk. 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 27, 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
Recycling Health Talk February 27, 2020, Thursday, 7pm-8:30pm. Free. Big Carrot - Infomercial/Talk - Zero Waste Living.
Speaker: Katrina McGuire. Quote: "Katrina has been shopping with her own containers for the past two years, and carries a zero waste kit in her bag. In this talk she’ll share what she’s learned trying to reduce waste in her life. Whether you’ve been meaning to start making more sustainable choices or you’re relatively new at this, Katrina will share tips and resources about living a zero waste lifestyle in Toronto.
Katrina (@learningtolivewastefree on Instagram) is co-Admin for Zero Waste Toronto. Founder and director of Danforth Reduces Waste Danforth Reduces , elevating the profiles of businesses accepting reusable containers and reducing waste in their operations. And in 2018, she started a reusable dishware program at Withrow Park Farmers Market to avert packaging waste from landfill.
Lectures are free of charge. No registration required. First come, first seated. 348 Danforth Ave. Room 212 (entrance on Danforth beside Book City). Stair access. Chair lift available."
Location: The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave. (map). Info: The Big Carrot Health Food Store, 416-466-2129, https://thebigcarrot.ca/events/, https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheBigCarrotNaturalFoodMarket/events/

Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike February 29, 2020, Saturday, 10am. Free. TFN Nature Walk - Scarborough Bluffs. Start: Chine Dr. and Kingston Rd.
Quote: "Knock about the Bluffs with TFN past-president, Charles Bruce-Thompson. Meet on the south side of Chine Dr. and Kingston Rd for a 2 hour nature walk around upper Scarborough Bluffs to Midland Ravine and ending at Midland and Kingston Rd (about 500 metres from the starting point). Some muddy or icy trails. 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/

Looking Ahead...

Food Recycling Environment/Nature March 2020. Bare Market Storefront.
Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 9pm-7pm, Sunday 9pm-5pm.
Location: 1480 Danforth Ave, west of Coxwell Ave, east of Monarch Park Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1N4.
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/
History Environment/Nature Talk March 1, 2020, Sunday, 2:30pm. Free? TFN Lecture - “There are no flying squirrels in Ontario” and other myths. Location: UofT Emmanuel College, Room 001, 75 Queen's Park Cres East. Speaker: Jeff Bowman, Trent University.
Quote:"TFN is very pleased to host a lecture by Dr. Jeff Bowman on flying squirrels, a cryptic, nocturnal species with many interesting adaptations to their night time habits. Dr. Bowman will provide some insights into the natural history of flying squirrels, how and why his team studies these species, and the history of their research project. He will also speak about the distribution of Ontario’s two flying squirrel species, the northern and southern flying squirrel, the recent discovery of hybridization between these species, and the causes and consequences of this hybridization.
Dr. Jeff Bowman is a Senior Research Scientist with the Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and also an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental and Life sciences Graduate Program at Trent University. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of New Brunswick in 1999, and has been with MNRF since August 2001. Jeff leads Ontario’s furbearer and small mammal research programs, and has expertise in population and landscape ecology, and landscape genetics. He has conducted research on many species and ecosystems, including work on fishers, martens, lynx, wolverines, mink, wild turkeys, flying squirrels, and a variety of bat species. He has led the Kawartha Flying squirrel Project since 2002
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."

Info: Toronto Field Naturalists, 416-593-2656 (Office Hrs: Fridays am), http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org/, https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/walks/
Philosophy Book Discussion March 2, 2020, Monday, 4pm-6:30pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - The Ethics of Brexit (Centre for Ethics Event).
Speaker: Tom Angier (http://www.philosophy.uct.ac.za/philosophy/staff/angier), University of Cape Town, Department of Philosophy.
Location: University of Toronto, Larkin Building, Room 200, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "This presentation will focus on three claims about the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. First, that it was the result of anti-immigrant sentiment; second, that it is indicative of a reprehensible ‘populist’ politics; third, that it reflects a nostalgia for empire and lost days of greatness. I will argue that these diagnoses are fundamentally flawed, and that they misunderstand what is, on closer inspection, a progressive movement, one essentially in line with the best traditions of democratic accountability and governance.
Tom Angier http://www.philosophy.uct.ac.za/philosophy/staff/angier University of Cape Town Department of Philosophy ***
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.
About the Centre For Ethics ... at the University of Toronto: 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 "

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/
Environment/Nature Talk March 2, 2020, Monday, 7pm-9pm. Free. Green Neighbours 21 Environmental Group - Three Ways for Waste-free Take-aways.
Location: St. Matthew’s United Church, Oakwood Room, 729 St Clair West, one block west of Christie St, enter from Rushton Rd.
Quote: "It’s great to see that more and more shops and cafés are letting customers bring their own containers for take-out orders. But is that enough? Many of us still want the convenience of being able to grab a sandwich or coffee on the run without having to carry the exact containers needed. Is there another way? Actually, there are three ways! And they’re coming to us from three different start-ups based right here in Toronto. Come and meet the innovative folks behind Reego, Wisebird and DreamZero. Check out their different containers, and the different ways they’ll keep them moving in virtuous circles between food vendors and you. Which one do you think is best? Or maybe we need all three.
https://www.reego.ca/ | https://www.wisebird.ca/ | https://dreamzero.ca/ "

Info: Green Neighbours 21, greenneighbours(at)yahoo.ca, http://www.gn21.ca/index.php, https://www.facebook.com/pg/greenneighbours21/events/?ref=page_internal
Recycling March 4, 2020, Wednesday, 9:30am-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
Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike March 5, 2020, Thursday, 10am. Free. TFN Nature Walk - Warden Woods. Start: Warden TTC station.
Quote: "Vivienne Denton will lead us on a linear walk through Warden Woods, a remarkable bit of urban wilds along Taylor-Massey Creek. Mostly paved surfaces, flat with some gentle slopes, Meet outside the Warden entrance to Warden TTC station. Walk ends at at Victoria Park TTC station. Bring icers if you have them.
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 March 5, Thursday, 6:30pm-9:30pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - The Cardinal Virtues: Justice. Hosted by Alex.
Location: Toronto City Hall, Committee Room #1, 100 Queen St West, Toronto.
Quote: "Ancient philosophers teach that true happiness is impossible without a just social order. Yet in recent years we have witnessed the assassination of a high-profile journalist, massive transfers of wealth to the richest classes and the displacement of millions due to civil war (to name a few events). If the ancients are right, can we be truly happy in today’s world?
In this discussion we test the applicability of the ancient virtue of justice to our contemporary reality. As usual, the writings of Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics will be our guide. We will examine their theories by applying them to contemporary case studies and to our own personal experience.
OVERVIEW Many ancient thinkers regard justice as the most important of the cardinal virtues. They see the human being as primarily a social and political animal. The community therefore ranks higher than the individual, and a person’s relation to others is essential for his or her welfare. Justice is the virtue of governing this relationship according to the norms of reason. A just person is one who gives others what they deserve, and a just society is organized based on rational principles. Justice is the foundation of the fabric of trust that holds society together. It is usually depicted as a blindfolded woman holding balance scales and a sword, representing the unity between fairness, impartiality and the judicious use of force.
Taken together, the ancients present a vision of a rational social organization, one from which we can learn in our day. Plato argues that each social class must do its own proper work for a society to flourish. Aristotle adds that justice in this broad sense is the entirety of virtue directed by lawgivers towards other citizens. The Stoics emphasize the decorum of social relationships and the duties that stem from social roles. As ancient philosophy develops, we can see a shift of emphasis from the community towards the individual. Nonetheless, all three philosophies oppose the idea that “might makes right” and claim that principles of justice are inscribed in the natural order of the cosmos.
READINGS AND REFLECTION Reading the selections below is strongly recommended. Plato on the four virtues: http://bit.ly/Plato_virtues Aristotle on justice: http://bit.ly/Aristotle_justice The Stoics on justice: http://bit.ly/Stoics_justice
I also suggest reflecting on what justice means to us personally. For this purpose, there is a list of reflection questions below. Please take some time to think about them before the meeting.
Reflection questions on justice: http://bit.ly/Reflection_justice
The Stoics even recommend keeping a virtue journal, where one can reflect in writing on what the virtues mean for one's life. To type into the above 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 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 justice - 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 justice. 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 justice in our lives."

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/
Science Talk March 5, Thursday, 8pm. Free. Public Astronomy Talks and Demos - Unlocking Cosmic Mysteries with the Invisible Radio Universe.
Speaker: Hamsa Padmanabhan, CITA Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, and an Associate of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Toronto.
Quote: "The epoch of 'Cosmic Dawn', when the first stars and galaxies were born, about a hundred million years after the Big Bang --- is considered the 'final frontier' of research in cosmology today. Observations at radio frequencies have opened up very exciting prospects for studying the evolution of the universe from its earliest stages to the present time. Unprecedented amount of data from the biggest radio facilities around the world will soon help to answer fundamental questions about our cosmos: from a deeper understanding of Einstein's theory of gravity, to whether we are alone in this vast expanse of universe."
Location: McLennan Physical Laboratories, Room 102, 60 St George St, Toronto.
Info: University of Toronto Astronomy Department, astro(dot)utoronto(dot)ca, http://www.astro.utoronto(dot)ca/~gasa/astrotours/
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/
Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike March 7, 2020, Saturday, 10am. Free. TFN Nature Walk - Tree Study Over Garrison Creek. Start: South east corner of Christie Pits Park.
Quote: "Join Sara Macdonald for a walk above the buried Garrison Creek to Trinity Bellwoods park. Together we will identify trees that live in the watershed, and along the way we’ll break at a café to confer. About 2.5 hrs on park paths and sidewalks. Meet at the south east corner of Christie Pits Park across from Christie subway station. Return to the subway by the Ossington bus or Bathurst streetcar.
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/
March 8, Sunday, 2am is set to 3am. Daylight Saving Time Begins. "Daylight saving time (DST), often referred to incorrectly as daylight 'savings' time, is a widely used system of adjusting the official local time forward, usually one hour from its official standard time for the duration of the spring and summer months. This is intended to provide a better match between the hours of daylight and the active hours of work and school. The 'saved' daylight is spent on evening activities which get more daylight, rather than being 'wasted' while people sleep past dawn. DST is most commonly used in temperate regions, due to the considerable variation in the amount of daylight versus darkness across the seasons in those regions. Governments often tout it as an energy conservation measure, on the grounds that it allows more effective use of natural sunlight resource in summer time. (People go to bed and wake up earlier, which reduces use of electric lights.) Some opponents reject this argument. Europeans commonly refer to the system as summer time: Irish Summer Time, British Summer Time, and European Summer Time. This is reflected in the time zones names as well, e.g. Central European Time (CET) becomes Central European Summer Time (CEST)." Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time
Environment/Nature Walk Discussion March 10, 2020, Tuesday, 6:15pm- 8:15pm. Free/PWYW. Film and Discussion - The Need To GROW.
Location: Annette Public Library, 145 Annette St.
Quote: "The United Nations estimates that at the rate we are depleting our farmland, we have fewer than 60 years of farmable soil left on Earth. Can we feed the world without destroying the planet? The answer depends on what we do now! The good news is, there ARE solutions. 'In a race against the end of farmable soil three individuals fight for change in the industry of agricultural food production, calling for a revolution.'
The Need To GROW takes you inside the hearts and innovations of three very different leaders - an 8-year-old girl challenges the ethics of a beloved organization - a renegade farmer struggles to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource-efficient agriculture - and an accomplished visionary inventor faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology. The Need To GROW delivers an epic story of solutions and the struggles to implement them. It will make you laugh, make you cry, give you chills, and inspire you to participate in the restoration of the Earth.
Narrated and produced by Rosario Dawson, ‘The Need to GROW’ delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil - revealing not only the potential of localized food production in working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils, and participate in the restoration of the Earth."
View the trailer and learn more here...
Green 13 is pleased to host this free screening with David Burman of DRAWDOWN Toronto. Green 13 gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of the Annette Branch Library for this important screening."

Info: Green 13 environmental group, Natasha, intransitions(at)hotmail.com http://green13toronto.org
Debate March 10, 2019, Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:30pm. Free? Toronto Debating Society - Debate: Schools and universities should offer online courses.
Location: Runnymede United Church, Jewitt Hall, North Room, 432 Runnymede Rd.
Quote: "Join Toronto Debating Society for a lively debate about Online Education. 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-02-25-2020 " Info: Toronto Debating Society, http://www.meetup.com/debate/, http://www.debating.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: https://www.meetup.com/torontovegan/
Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike March 14, 2020, Saturday, 10am. Free. TFN Nature Walk - Morningside Park. Start: First parking lot off Morningside Rdin Morningside Park, south of Ellesmere Rd.
Quote: "Enjoy a bit of early spring tree identification and bird watching in Morningside Park with TFN walk leader D. Andrew White. Meet in Morningside Park in the first parking lot off the Morningside Road entrance just south of Ellesmere Rd. Path is mostly south to Lawrence and back. Bring lunch, water and binoculars. Washrooms should be open.
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 March 14, Saturday, 6:30pm-9:30pm. Free. Toronto Philosophy Meetup - Is Narcissism the 21st Century "Virtue"? Hosted by Emily and Alex.
Location: Ryerson Kerr Hall East, Room 117 (KHE 117), 340 Church St, Toronto, ON.
Quote: "Narcissus, in Greek mythology was the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope and was considered extremely beautiful. According to Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book III, Narcissus's mother was told that he would have a long life, provided he never recognized himself but unfortunately one day Narcissus caught sight of his reflection in a pond and became fixated on his image after which he died.
Narcissism as a disease labelled Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), has been defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V (2013) as a set of traits and behaviours, which, according to Sam Vaknin in Malignant Self-Love: Narcissism Revisited is characterized to “signify infatuation and obsession with one’s self to the exclusion of all others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one’s gratification, dominance and ambition”. Behaviours such as grandiosity, self-importance, obsession with fantasies of unlimited success, fame, power, brilliance, a felt sense of [unwarranted] uniqueness; a lack of empathy, a sense of entitlement, arrogance, envy, exploitation and need for continuous admiration characterize pathological narcissism. This condition is caused by either abuse or the lack of recognition of the child’s boundaries in early childhood.
However, though Narcissistic Personality Disorder exists in only 1 - 3% of the population, narcissistic traits are becoming prevalent and acceptable. Jean M. Twenge Ph.D. and W. Keith Campbell, Ph.D. in the Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement examine how our society is now accepting what we used to consider immoral, deluded and dangerous behaviour fueled by celebrity culture and its values of fame, wealth and selfishness above all else. Most prominently in youth, though quickly spreading throughout society, Twenge and Campbell show how narcissism is fed by social media and the breakdown of family, community and spirituality.
We will read “On Narcissism: An Introduction” (1914) by Sigmund Freud, the classic work on this topic. Here is the url: http://www.sakkyndig.com/psykologi/artvit/freud1925.pdf
Here is a great youtube explanation of Freud’s theory of narcissism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5bkxLpQ0Qo
Very much worth exploring is Sam Vaknin’s youtube playlists at: https://www.youtube.com/user/samvaknin/playlists.
The “Mind of the Narcissist” playlist and the playlist on narcissistic abuse are especially interesting. Vaknin writes out all his short youtube vlogs and he is a brilliant essayist."

Info: https://www.meetup.com/The-Toronto-Philosophy-Meetup/
Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike March 15, 2020, Sunday, 2pm-4pm. Free. Lost River Walk - Garrison Creek (Christie to Queen). Start: NW corner of Christie St & Bloor St.
Quote: "This walk will follow the section of Garrison Creek from Christie Pits to Queen St. Walk begins at NW corner of Christie & Bloor, close to the Christie TTC station, and terminates at Trinity Bellwoods Park. Led by Richard Anderson and others."
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/
Science March 20, 2020, Wednesday, 5:58pm EDT (March 20 21:58 UTC). March Equinox (aka Northern Vernal/Spring Equinox, Chunfen). "An equinox in astronomy is the event when the Sun can be observed to be directly above the Earth's equator, occurring around March 20 and September 23 each year. More technically, the equinox happens when the Sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator and ecliptic intersect. In a wider sense, the equinoxes are the two days each year when the center of the Sun spends an equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth. The word equinox derives from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night). In practice, at the equinox, the day is longer than the night. Commonly the day is defined as the period that sunlight reaches the ground in the absence of local obstacles. The Sun is a disc and not a single point of light, so when the center of the Sun is below the horizon, the upper edge is visible. Furthermore, the atmosphere refracts light, so even when the upper limb of the Sun is below the visible horizon, its rays reach over the horizon to the ground. In practice, when the upper limb of Sun is on the visible horizon, this limb is in reality 1 degree below it. These effects together make the day about 14 minutes longer than the night at the equator, and longer still at sites toward the poles. The real equality of day and night happens a few days towards the winter side of each equinox.
Spring equinox (Chunfen) and autumn (Qiufen) or fall equinox... These names can be used when one wants to relate the equinox to a season. The seasons of the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere are opposites (the spring equinox of one hemisphere is the autumn equinox of the other) so these names can be ambiguous."

Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Equinox
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.
Environment/Nature History Walk/Hike March 21, 2020, Saturday, 1pm. Free? TFN Nature Walk - The Winter Wildlife of High Park. Start: High Park park entrance at Bloor St West. and High Park Ave.
Quote: "Max Matchim will lead us to the feeders behind the Nature Centre before walking to the south end of the park, stopping by the Allotment Gardens and Grenadier Pond along the way. If we’re lucky we may have some early migrants! Meet at the entrance to High Park at Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave. We will be taking paved paths. Some ice may be present. Please note that many of the Park’s washrooms will not be open. 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 Walk Health March 21, 2020, Saturday, 1:30pm-3:30pm. PYOW. TVA Veg Fitness Group - March 2020 Veg Fitness Meetup - Crothers Woods Trail Hike. Organized by Jenn Johnston-Fudge.
Location: Thomas Hauser Memorial Trailhead behind Loblaws, 11 Redway Rd, East York, ON M4H 1P6.
Quote: "Hi All. Our March meetup will be a hike around Crothers Woods Trail. We've set Loblaws as the meetup point as there is an entry point (the northern entry) to the trail behind the Loblaws, at the Thomas Hauser Memorial Trailhead location. For transit options, there is the 56 bus from Donlands stn; it will travel along Millwood and there is a stop at Redway/Village Station. Let us know if you have any questions. :)."
Info: Toronto Vegetarian Association Veg Fitness Group, torontovegfitness(at)veg.ca, https://veg.ca/toronto-veg-community/vegetarian-and-vegan-groups/#fitness | https://veg.ca/2020/02/26/march-2020-social-groups/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/torontovegfitness/

Environment/Nature Recycling April 4, 18, 25, 2020, Saturdays and Sundays. Free. City of Toronto Environment Days. Environment Days April-September. Saturday and Sunday events 10am-2pm. Weekday events 4pm-8pm. Schedule (Day | Ward Number | Councillor | Location):
- April 4, 2020 - Ward 5 | City of Toronto and Councillor Frances Nunziata | Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Eglinton Flats | 101 Emmett Ave.
- April 18, 2020 - Ward 25 | City of Toronto and Councillor Jennifer McKelvie | Sunday, April 18, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Colonel Danforth Park | 73 Colonel Danforth Trail (off of Kingston Rd / Lawson Rd.)
- April 25, 2020 - Ward 9 | City of Toronto and Councillor Ana Bailão | Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Dufferin Mall | 900 Dufferin St (south of Bloor St)
Quote: "Drop off for recycling or proper disposal: Electronic Waste, Household Hazardous Waste.
Donate items to local schools for reuse:
 - Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
 - Children’s books, musical instruments
 - CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
 - Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
 - Arts and crafts supplies: pencils, crayons, markers
 - Corks, cork boards, clipboards
 - Dress up clothing: costumes, prom dresses, uniforms
Donate items for reuse (Please keep these separate from other items):
 - Sporting goods (e.g., skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
 - Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
 - Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
 - Small household items (e.g., dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
 - Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.)
 - Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank
Please do not bring construction waste, air conditioners, garbage, wood, cassette and videotapes, commercial/ industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal."

Info: 416-392-CITY (2489), https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/recycling-organics-garbage/community-environment-days/event-schedule/
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: https://www.meetup.com/torontovegan/
Recycling April 19, 2020, Sunday, 12n-4pm. Free. Repair Café at CSI-Toronto Tool Library. Quote: "Fixing all repair categories. Note: Visitor registration ends at 3:00 p.m" Location: CSI-Toronto Tool Library, 192 Spadina Ave, across from Phoebe St, north of Queen St West, south of Dundas St West, Toronto, ON M5T 2C2. 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.
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
Environment/Nature Recycling April 25-26, 2020, Saturday-Sunday. Free. City of Toronto Community Cleanup Days. Quote: "On Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, join thousands of Toronto residents and community groups to help pick up litter and keep our city clean and green. Getting involved is easy! Select your favourite park, beach, ravine or any other public space that needs a cleanup. Invite your friends, family and neighbours to join the cleanup. Register your cleanup – it’s important. Registration allows the City to provide information about free litter bags; reserve your cleanup location and arrange special litter pickup, if required. Registration will open on March 2. To learn more about the Community Cleanup Days, please contact cleantoronto@toronto.ca
Registration for the 17th annual spring cleanup will open on Monday, March 2, 2020."

Info: , https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/clean-toronto-together/
Food Health April 26, 2020, Sunday, 12n-6pm. $5. TVA Spring Market.
Location: Wychwood Green Barn, 601 Christie St, between Wychwood Ave and Christie St, 2 blocks south of St Clair Ave West.
Quote: "An indoor spring market showcasing an array of vegan foods, crafts and ethical goods geared towards cruelty-free gifting. In addition to holiday shopping, there will be workshops, a kids activity area too, as well as edibles for immediate consumption." Included Talks: TBA.
Info: Toronto Vegetarian Association, info(at)veg.ca, 17 Baldwin St, west of McCaul St, NW of St Patrick station, http://veg.ca

Environment/Nature Recycling May 1, 2020, Saturday. Free. Friends of Cedarvale and City of Toronto Community Cleanup Day. Presented by ward councillor Josh Matlow.
- Cedarvale Park, 10am-11am.
- Nordheimer Ravine, 11am–12pm, meet at the stairs, corner of St. Clair Ave. West and Wells Hill Ave.
Info: Friends of Cedarvale, https://friendsofcedarvale.wordpress.com/ | cleantoronto(at)toronto.ca, https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/more-city-produced-events/clean-toronto-together/
History Environment/Nature May 3, 2020, Monday, 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/
Environment/Nature Walk May 9, 2018, Sunday, 10am. Free? Friends of Cedarvale Nature Walk: Plant Identification Walk in Cedarvale Park. Led by Marilyn MacKellar and Glynn Richardson. Start: St Clair West subway station, Heath St entrance/exit on Tichester Rd and Heath St West. Quote:"Plant identification hike in Cedarvale Park and Ravine with Friends of Cedarvale and the Toronto Bruce Trail Club, led by Marilyn MacKellar and Glynn Richardson. Come and learn about goldenrods (and quite a few other plants). This hike will follow the Cedarvale Ravine north from St Clair Ave West. It will focus on plants in the area and some of the historical background. We will stop frequently to look at plants. The distance travelled will depend on what we see. Bring snacks, water and a pen. No dogs." Info: Friends of Cedarvale, https://friendsofcedarvale.wordpress.com/

Recycling Environment/Nature Food June 27, 2020, 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

Food Health Talk September 11-13, 2020, Friday-Sunday. Free. TVA Annual Vegetarian Food Festival.
Friday from 4-9pm, Saturday from 12-9pm, Sunday from 12-7pm.
Quote: "Attended by 40,000 visitors each fall at Harbourfront Centre, the Veg Food Fest is North America’s largest celebration of all things veg. Taste Toronto’s best veg cooking from over 140 vendors. Try locally-made cashew ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, artisanal vegan cheeses, pizza, sausages, samosas, salads, smoothies, and more. Whether you have a sweet tooth or you’re on a health kick, there’s something for everyone."
Location: Harbourfront Centre, Queens Quay and Lower Simcoe St. Info: Food Festival, Toronto Vegetarian Association, 416-544-8891, info(at)veg.ca, 360 College St #301, 3 blocks west of Spadina Ave, Toronto. http://vegfoodfest.com/schedule/

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