Bring Them Home Now
Start designing your placard now - on October 28, peace types flood onto University in a bid to get our troops out of Afghanistan. March alongside the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War , the Canadian Labour Congress , Greenpeace Canada , the Council of Canadians , the Canadian Arab Federation and more and help press for a non-violent solution, the only kind that really sticks. March starts at 1 pm at - you guessed it - the U.S. Consulate (360 University). 416-795-5863, www.nowar. ca.
Planet In Focus is the green equivalent of TIFF, without all the Starbucks-sipping, SUV-driving celebs. This international environmental film and video fest turns the spotlight on about 75 socially and ecologically conscious films, from docs to fiction, shorts to longs. No word on whether GMO-free, organic popcorn will be served. Theatres tba. November 1 to 5. 416-068-FILM, www.planetinfocus.org.
Message in a canvas
Now in its second year, ARCfest , the Art For Real Change Festival, beautifully unites Canada's artistic, activist and academic communities in one inspiring, provocative week of theatre (including a trilogy on the global effects of the war in Iraq), docs (like one about the art of disability), music, poetry, dance, photography and pretty much every form of politicized creative expression. Runs October 21 to 29 at various venues. www.arcfest.org.
Our streets are us
Hand it to Kensington Market's Car-Free Sunday folks - they've been keeping our city vision alive by reminding us what things might look like if we tamed the auto beast. On October 29, for their season finale, they take over the streets again, this time to honour Halloween and the spirit of the ancestors. Look for music, group games, lively conversation and a parade of revellers in costumed finery. Noon to 7 pm throughout the Market and until 10 pm on Augusta. www.pskensington. ca.
Dining for World Food Day
Finally, a fundraising soirée for people who don't own three-piece suits. Hear all about the relationship between food security, women and AIDS while munching on a delectable dinner prepared by the Afghan Women's Catering Group (a local cooperative), with music and a silent auction. Admission is $25, adv $20, stu/srs $15, and proceeds go to Oxfam . October 18 at St. Lawrence Hall (157 King East). www.oxfam.ca.
Don't trample those cattails, please. Discover how First Nations folks made use of the local flora for their medicines and spiritual ceremonies. Native Elder Joseph Paquette and Evergreen activists lead a tour of the Brick Works wetland and its plants on October 15, 1 to 3 pm. Don Valley Brick Works , south of Pottery, north of Bloor. Suggested donation $5. 416-302-3785, www.evergreen.ca.