Winston Spear boosts Because I Am A Girl January 25 and 26.
Boost girl power
The world can't change if the potential of over 50 per cent of the population never gets developed. That's why Because I Am A Girl is committed to empowering young girls and women all over the planet. Shine Cabaret, a benefit for the initiative, features Winston Spear, Lo Bil, Rachelle Elie and others Friday and Saturday (January 25 and 26) at DANZoN Studio, 2480 Dundas West, suite 104, at 8 pm. $15-$20. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen up, Liberals
With the Ontario Liberals choosing our next premier this weekend, unions and community groups opposing austerity, the undermining of collective bargaining and service cutbacks are putting on their marching boots. On Saturday (January 26), the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty gathers at noon at Moss Park, near Queen and Sherbourne, to protest the Libs' failure to raise welfare rates. At 1 pm the Ontario Federation of Labour and a number of other orgs meet at Allan Gardens, at Jarvis and Carlton. Both rallies then head to the protest at Ryerson's Mattamy Centre at the Gardens. Free. ocap.ca; ofl.ca; opseu.org.
Line 9 is not fine
There's lots of talk about rail, but pipelines are still key to the success of the climate-menacing tar sands. And now the pipeline issue is local because of Enbridge's plan to reverse Line 9, which runs along Finch, part of a network that could take tar sands oil from Sarnia all the way to Maine. Protest the plan Saturday (January 26), 10:30 am, at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen West). Free. environmentaldefence.ca.