Can't stop this
Pride Week 's back June 15 to 24, and it's Unstoppable! Whether you want to bare it all at the Dyke March (June 23, starting at Church and Hayden), get water-gun wet at the Pride Parade (June 24, starting at Church and Bloor), go Fruit Loopz at the Youth Stage (June 24, location tba) or get crafty at weekend-long Family Pride events, North America's third-largest Pride festivities won't disappoint. Wheelchair loans available, ASL interpreters on hand. www.pridetoronto.com.
Want to stay abreast of the latest action on air quality and greenhouse gases? Here's your chance. Leaders from all three levels of government will be announcing lots of shiny new initiatives at the Smog Summit June 7 at City Hall. (Let's hope it's not just hot air.) You'll also find panels on energy, transport and climate change, to name a few. http://www.cleanairpartnership.org.
Toronto may have been built around cars, but that doesn't mean our streets wouldn't be better off without them. The people behind Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market have demonstrated this point brilliantly, stirring up a vibrant sense of community and creativity in the Market the last Sunday of every month (May to October) for four years now. The best part is that it's spreading to other 'hoods! That's right, the kooky street party's coming to Mirvish Village (July 8 and August 12, September 9) and Baldwin Street (July 15, August 19 and September 16) for three weekends each. www.pskensington.ca.
Stand with the First Nations
Kindly ignore Tory Indian Affairs minister Jim Prentice and his attempts to whip up hysteria over the movement to win a just resolution of 800 outstanding native land claims. Instead, team up with the Assembly of First Nations who has invited all friends to join them Friday, June 29 for a National Day of Action. Details will soon be available at www.afn.ca. As chief Phil Fontaine says, "stronger First Nations mean a stronger Canada. Who could disagree?