Barrick Gold is not just one of the most powerful mining corporation, but also the largest transgressor when it comes to human rights. Its corporate social responsibility spin touts work with local communities, but meanwhile Barrick is guilty the world over of robbing indigenous people of their land, safe drinking water and general security. Join Protest Barrick at the company's annual general meeting at the Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front West, on Wednesday (April 30) at 11 am to tell shareholders: "Gold is a toxic asset. Invest in life!" Free. protestbarrick.net.
Just what am I putting in my body? Adria Vasil helps answer those questions. She's hosting an interactive game-show-style presentation called What's In This Stuff Anyway? about the hidden hormone disruptors in everyday products. She shares DIY and kitchen-cupboard alternatives and recipes that let you steer clear of toxins. Sunday (April 27), 3 pm, on the Health and Wellness Stage at the Green Living Show, Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes' Boulevard. $18, stu/srs $14. The show runs April 25 to 27. greenlivingshow.ca.
Books have the power to change lives, and at the sixth Get Lit, a sextet of prominent Canadians read from a book that's inspired them. Fucked Up's Damian Abraham, investigative reporter and Crazy Town author Robyn Doolittle, Olympian Perdita Felicien and CBC's Amanda Lang are among the participants, with delicious healthy eats served up by celebrity chef Jo Lusted. Thursday (April 24), 6 pm, at Neubacher Shor Contemporary, 5 Brock. Admission of $100 (under 25 $60) benefits the Running & Reading Club, an after-school program for underprivileged kids. getlit.ca.