Manic for organic
Finally, a juicy organic conference you don't have to schlep to Guelph for! The scintillating Growing Up Organic Conference gets into the state of our food, its effects on kids, the health benefits of organics and much more. Speakers include Thomas Pawlick , the author of The End Of Food, Rick Smith of Environmental Defence, CBC's Wendy Mesley , nutritionists, policy makers and more. U of T, 88 Chestnut. February 17, 9 am-5 pm. $110. 1-888-375-7383, www.cog.ca.
Itching to plant things? Need a shot of green to get through the dreariest of months? Head to the Toronto Botanical Gardens (777 Lawrence East) for the Get The Jump On Spring festival. Peruse horticulture booths and demos and sit in on workshops on organic pest control and heritage seeds. February 17, 10 am-4 pm. Free. 416-397-1340, www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca.
School's in on climate change
Federal government's eco policies got you down? Help get Canada back on track with its Kyoto commitments by sitting in on Climate Change: Canada Fails The Grade , a panel discussion put on by Stop the Climate Chaos at U of T's Bagen Centre (40 St. George). Speakers include eco councillor Gord Perks , Forest Ethics' Kim Fry and others. January 26, 7 pm. Free. http://myspace.com/stopclimatechaos.
Exercising green options
Keep your head straight through the winter by visiting the Sierra Club's monthly enviro gab fest, the EcoCertification Cafe. On January 31, 7 to 9 pm, participants rendezvous at the Tinto Coffee House (89 Roncesvalles) to chew over Getting To Maybe, by Brenda Zimmerman, et al. To tap into other venues and topics, phone 416-485-9173.
Make peace, not resignation
It's easy to get bummed by chronic bad news from Iraq and Afghanistan, but don't just change the channel. Join the Canadian Peace Alliance 's national Day Of Action March 17, along with thousands of others who favour negotiation over counter-insurgency in Afghanistan and a reconciliation-based peace in fiery Iraq. Check 416-588-5555 or www.acp-cpa.ca for details.