Thursday, September 24, 2009

Salsa benefit tonight @ Wesley's!

Wesley's Bar & Grill is hosting a salsa-themed benefit for Toledo GROWs' job training program.

Local chefs including Churchill's Bill Kohlhoff, Toledo Museum of Art's Erika Rapp, The Original Sub Shop's Jackie David and Toledo GROWs staff and job training youth will provide a wide array of salsa delights culled from community garden produce!

The event is from 5pm to 8pm.

$10 minimum donation.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wayne Roberts presentation at downtown library

Monday, September 28th 6:30pm
McMaster Center, Downtown Library

Dr. Wayne Roberts has worked tirelessly to demonstrate that what is good for the environment is also good for jobs and ordinary people. "It's a vision that integrates economic, social and environmental well-being," he says.
Roberts is author of seven books (most recently the No Nonsense Guide to World Food) and the director of the Toronto Food Policy Council. Roberts also founded the Coalition for a Green Economy.

The Toronto Food Policy Council (TFPC) is a citizen body of 30 food activists and experts that is widely recognized for its innovative approach to food security. As a leading member of the City of Toronto's Environmental Task Force, Roberts helped develop a number of official plans for the city, including the Environmental Plan and Food Charter, adopted by Toronto City Council in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Many ideas and projects of the TFPC are featured in Roberts' book The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food (2008). In April, 2009, the TFPC under Roberts' leadership received the Bob Hunter Environmental Achievement Award, given to a City of Toronto agency with a record of outstanding leadership, for its efforts to make food an action item on the environmental agenda.

Since 1989, Roberts has written a weekly column for Toronto’s NOW Magazine, generally on themes that link social justice, public health and green economics.

In 2002, he received the Canadian Environment Award for his contributions to sustainable living. NOW Magazine named Roberts one of Toronto’s leading visionaries of the past 20 years. In 2008, he received the Canadian Eco-Hero Award presented by Planet in Focus.

Roberts earned a Ph.D. in social and economic history from the University of Toronto in 1978, and has written seven books, including Get A Life! (1995), a manual on green economics, and Real Food For A Change (1999), which promotes a food system based on the four ingredients of health, joy, justice and nature.

Roberts chaired the influential and Toronto-based Coalition for a Green Economy for 15 years. He has also served on the Board of the U.S.-based Community Food Security Coalition and Food Secure Canada. He is on the board of Green Enterprise Toronto, an organization of local eco-businesses that's associated with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies across North America. He has been invited to speak around the world on strategies that combine food security, community empowerment, environmental improvement, social equity and job creation.

fyi: UT Documentary Film Series on corporatocracy

The University of Toledo is showing a series of documentaries that look at the implications of corporate leadership through November 6. Screenings are free with a suggested donation of at least $3.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Sprouting Change"

The Toledo City Paper just ran an article on a national award won by the CITE program and the Oneida St. Greenhouse. CITE (Community Integration, Training and Employment) isthe job training wing of Toledo GROWs. . .