Give back to the library
You know our library system is in trouble when it partners with Indigo Books to raise money. Seems counter-intuitive to buy a book at Indigo and have a portion of the proceeds go to libraries. (For more, go to nowtoronto.com/news). Support the Toronto Public Library in a much more seemly way by snapping up books, videos, CDs, records and magazines at the Used Book Sale today through March 16 (Thursday 10 am to 8 pm, Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday 9 am to 4 pm). Admission is free, and almost everything costs 50 cents or less. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge). email@example.com.
We are all planners
How do we make city planning decisions compatible with social and enviro justice and the needs of local neighbourhoods? Ron Shiffman, prof at New York City's Pratt Institute school of architecture has a good idea. The winner of the 2012 Jane Jacobs Award and lead editor of Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom Of Assembly And The Occupation Of Public Space is an expert on community-based planning and the NYC experience. He speaks Wednesday (March 20), 6 pm, at Urbanspace, 401 Richmond West. Free. Pre-register at cityecology.net.
Don't buy the snake oil
While the finance minister is preoccupied with a bump in the GDP courtesy of more tar sands production, one theorist thinks economic expansion is so over. Richard Heinberg, author of The End Of Growth and senior fellow at the California-based Post Carbon Institute, speaks on Snake Oil: How The Petroleum Industry's Misleading Promise Of Plenty Imperils Our Future. March 21, 7 pm. $8. U of T Earth Sciences Bldg, 33 Willcocks. postcarbontoronto.org.