Harvesting so everyone eats
The food we serve up tells us a great deal about how we live, and much of this isn't very pretty. Seeds Grow More Than Food, hosted by USC Canada, features NOW's green economy specialist, Wayne Roberts, speaking on sustainable food in the global context and sharing photos and videos from his recent trip to hillside farming communities in Honduras. Friday (October 12), 7 pm. Free. William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks, usc-canada.org. The talk is part of Global Food Equity Month, a program at U of T sponsored by Equity Studies, Oxfam and a host of others. localfoodplus.ca.
Israel's human rights deficit
The spotlight shines on Israel and its occupation at Independent Jewish Voices' annual conference Not In Our Name: Jewish Solidarity With Palestinian Resistance, a weekend of panels and workshops, October 18 to 20. The first session, The Geopolitical Context Of Palestine And The Israeli State, takes place October 18 and is open to the public. Speakers include Yakov Rabkin, author of A Threat From Within: A Century Of Jewish Opposition To Zionism; Amir Hassanpour, U of T professor of Middle East studies; and Ottawa solidarity activist Aidan Macdonald. 7 pm. Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil. $15. For the entire conference pwyc-$100, or by the session. ijvagm.com.
Support cycle solutions
When bicycle culture is under siege - as it is here, thanks to our mayor - it's good to acknowledge the way cycling and cycling-related solutions support community development. That's the mission of Bikes Without Borders, which offers bicycles, repair/maintenance training and program support to residents of marginalized communities. The org gets the proceeds from the Toronto Bike Awards tonight (Thursday, October 11), when bike-friendly businesses are recognized at the Horseshoe (370 Queen West). Lemon Bucket Orkestra supplies the music. Doors open at 7 pm, $10. torontobikeawards.org.