MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT
It just keeps happening: candidates get elected to city council even though most locals in the ward rejected them. Blame the first-past-the-post voting system for that. Enter the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto, a group hoping to change the way we vote in municipal elections so they're fairer, more diverse and friendlier. Get the dope at an information meeting Monday (September 10), 7 pm. Free. School of Public Policy and Governance, 14 Queen's Park. Pre-register at publicpolicy.utoronto.ca.
TALKING UP THE PLANET
Here's your chance to hear three compelling experts talk about the current state of environmentalism. Earth Reform's Awareness Campaign afternoon teach-in on Sunday (September 9), 1 to 4 pm, features the Council of Canadians' Maude Barlow, currently leading a campaign on citizen control of the earth's water supply; filmmaker Mark Terry, director of The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning; and anti-GM food activist Julie Daniluk, author of Meals That Heal Inflammation. $33-$55. Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front West, rm 107. pre-register at earthreform.org.
ARMS AND THE WOMEN
Nothing like the look on a woman's face when she's arm wrestling. See what we mean when women gather to compete for best costume, best wrestling name and, of course, best wrestler at a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen West) on Saturday (September 8), 11 pm. Big Brothers Big Sisters - one of Canada's most venerable charities - connects young people with adult mentors. $5-$10. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.