Friday, August 18, 2017 at 09:30 AMAnnette Library
Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 09:00 AMJunction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street W)
Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10:00 AMEarlscourt Park, 1200 Lansdowne Ave.
Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 03:00 PMRunnymede & Bloor
We - who live in, work in and visit The Junction neighbourhood - celebrate choice! We're disturbed by ongoing anti-choice activity in our community and will come together at this fun and family-friendly event to STAND AS and STAND WITH women and trans people... and STAND FOR reproductive rights!
There will be balloons, bubbles, signs and songs. The spirit of this event is positive and affirming... in contrast to the graphic onslaught by anti-choicers many neighbourhood residents and goers have recently suffered.
We align with the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada in our belief that:
- To achieve equality, all women and trans people must have the right to decide for themselves whether and when they will bear children, and how many. Without control of their fertility, they cannot have autonomy over their lives and cannot play a full and equal role in society.
- Women and trans people have a constitutionally-based right to unrestricted, fully-funded abortion, without legal or other barriers or discrimination due to gender, class, ethnicity, race, age, location/region (or area of residence), or any other characteristic, including reasons for choosing an abortion. The rights of pregnant persons must not be abridged— according to Supreme Court precedent, a pregnant woman is “one person”.
- Everyone has the right to receive a full range of reproductive healthcare options, services, and information, including (but not limited to) medical and surgical abortion, contraception, family planning services, and comprehensive sexual health education.
- Everyone has the right to access reproductive healthcare services safely and in a timely manner, in an atmosphere of dignity, privacy, respect, trust, and compassion.
- All abortions are medically required—not “elective”—and fall under the protection of the Canada Health Act (just like all childbirths), regardless of where they are performed – hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s offices. The delivery and funding of abortion and other medically required reproductive healthcare services must meet the Act’s five principles.
- Providers of reproductive health care services have the right to deliver such services free of discrimination, harassment, and violence.
The anti-choice movement in Canada is still strong and active, with a large base of supporters and organizational resources that far exceed those of the pro-choice movement. Anti-choice activists remain committed to various campaigns, such as working to defund abortion, spreading misinformation about abortion, and promoting policies and laws to restrict abortion or make it harder to access. Although no serious violence has occurred against Canadian abortion clinics or providers since 2000, picketing and various forms of low-level harassment continue, and all those involved with abortion provision remain on constant alert for potential violence. (Source:http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/about.html)
Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 10:30 AMMeet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park
High Park Walks: First and third Sunday from 10:30 am-12 noon. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please.
- Aug 20: Native Plants and Flowers. Local naturalist and photographer Karen Yukich tours natural restoration sites, explaining the work being done to return the park’s plant life to its original beauty.
Monday, August 21, 2017 at 03:00 PMSorauren Town Square
The Market rocks the Sorauren Town Square every Monday from 3 - 7 p.m. with fresh foodstuffs of all kinds. Plus, entertainment, kids' activities, and the joy of meeting neighbours and friends in the most pleasant of places. Brought to you by the West End Food Co-op.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 06:00 PMRunnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St.
Now that we are creeping into the heart of summer expect to be delighted by more and more colourful and delicious fruit and veg. You will start to see cherries on the vendors' tables, but don't let that upstage the amazing strawberries we have been enjoying.
What's happening at the market this week?
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 07:00 PMHigh Park Nature Centre
High Park Nature Adult Speaker Series - Bat Superpowers: Mammals that fly; and that's just the beginning!
- Bat Superpowers: Mammals that fly; and that's just the beginning! Daily Planet co-host Dan Riskin has spent more than 20 years exploring the biomechanics of bats. Dan will describe the biomechanic abilities of bats who are able to fly, flip, fall, avoid obstacles and more. Using images, video, sounds and stories from research, Dan will show us what makes bats seem like supernatural athletes. This talk will be followed by a guided Urban Bat Walk
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 09:00 AMJunction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street W)
Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 04:00 PMHigh Park
Local artist Bianca Lakoseljac and the Swansea Historical Society are pleased to announce an "Authors' Symposium" which will take place in High Park on Sunday, August 27, 2017, starting at 4 pm and finishing about 6 pm. The event is being held under the auspices of the City or Toronto's "Arts in the Parks" programme. We hope to see you there. There will also be an opportunity to hear Bianca at the December 6, 2017, Swansea Historical Society meeting, when she will be the featured speaker.
In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, a selection of distinguished local writers will read excerpts from their work in Toronto's historic High Park. All are welcome! The guest of honour, Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, will kick off the free event. Authors who are scheduled to read include: George Elliott Clarke, Melanie Mah, Neil Ross, Danila Botha Vernon, Michelle Alfano, Andrew Borkowski, David DePoe, Angie Littlefield, Will O'Hara, Bruce Meyer, Kevin Hardcastle, and the Event Coordinator, Bianca Lakoseljac. Enter the park through the gates on Parkside Drive opposite High Park Boulevard and continue west. Area 26, which is 100 metres on the left, contains permanent seating under cover for approximately 50 people.
For more details, visit: https://artsintheparksto.org/event/sesquicentennial-authors-symposium-high-park/