Maggie Helwig’s Faith, Art And Activism Fest starts September 4.
FAITH GUIDES ACTIVISM
At a time when religion seems to be leading people in all the wrong directions, it's inspiring to note the Faith, Art And Activism Festival unfolding Thursday (September 4) to October 7. Readings, discussion groups and artists - co-organized by author and ordained minister Maggie Helwig - explore the interactions and contradictions between religious faith, artistic practice and action for social justice. saintstephens.ca
LAC-MÉGANTIC COMES HOME
Could a Lac-Mégantic train disaster happen here? In fact, the very same volatile crude oil that exploded in Quebec is carried by dangerous DOT-111 tanker cars right through Toronto's Junction neighbourhood every day. The Transportation Safety Board concluded in its recent findings that a "weak safety culture" in the railway industry contributed to the fatal crash that killed 47 people. On Thursday (September 4), NDP MP Peggy Nash hosts a community meeting on rail safety with representatives from the city and province at West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas West). Free. 5:30-8 pm. peggynash.ndp.ca
INUITS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Director Zacharias Kunuk of Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner fame and filmmaker Ian Mauro talk about the social and ecological fallout from climate change and how Inuit communities in the Arctic are adapting. The two have recently collaborated on the film Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge And Climate Change, which will be screened at the event. Tuesday (September 9), 6:15 pm. Free. Annette Library (145 Annette). green13toronto.org