Community News – May 2017


Free Lectures at The Big Carrot

Every Thursday evening, the Big Carrot natural food market hosts free lectures by a variety of wellness experts. The lectures take place above their store at 348 Danforth Avenue, and provide an opportunity to learn about the latest health topics and gain tools to optimize well-being. Upcoming lectures include:

May 11:  Ten Food Label Faux Pas – Even the most educated shoppers make mistakes that can cost them their health. As a seasoned expert on food labels and ingredients, Dr. Thalia Charney,  ND, can set you straight about the most common mistakes shoppers make when attempting to read labels. Become a more confident food shopper with this enlightening talk! Dr. Charney has been practising naturopathic medicine in Toronto for 14 years.

May 18: Balancing Your Hormones  – Hormones are powerful messengers that control thousands of functions in the body. When hormone balance is disrupted, we are at risk for weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, menstrual issues and much more. Join certified nutritionist Angela Ysseldyk to discover what causes imbalances and how to safely and effectively solve your hormone problems. Angela has been a practitioner for 17+ years, and is author of How to Glow. See: http://healthy

May 25: Super Powered Superfoods – Are you struggling to balance whole body health? Do you have skin, joint or internal health issues? Join Dr. Marc Bubbs, ND, and learn how to improve and support your body’s systems from the inside out using powerful ingredients like collagen and maca. Dr. Bubbs is the author of The Paleo Project and the Sports Nutrition Lead for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team.

All lectures run from 7  to 8:30 pm at 348 Danforth Ave., Room 212 (entrance beside Book City), Toronto. Inquiries email: outreach@ or  call (416) 466-2129

Native Plant Sales Offer Pollinator-Friendly Plants

On Saturday, May 13, the North American Native Plant Society will host a Native Plant Sale at Markham Civic Centre, from 12 to 3 pm. This event will offer plants approved by NANPS-approved ethical growers, along with providing knowledgeable experts for assistance, and information about pollinators, conservation, and local environmental groups. Adapted to local soil and temperatures, native plants thrive without fertilizers or pesticides, and provide food and habitat for wildlife. They are the best, and often only, source of food for pollinating insects. Admission and parking is free. Location: 101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham, Ont. For more info, email:, visit www., or leave a message at (416) 631-4438.

Other events: • Native Plant Sale: Sunday, May 7, in front of the High Park Greenhouse, 11 am – 2 pm. For info: (This sale is offered by the High Park Stewards program.) Directions: By TTC, take Bloor West subway to High Park Stn., walk south through the park to Grenadier Restaurant. • Native Plant Sale:  Sunday, May 28, Christie Pits, 750 Bloor St W, 12 to 4 pm, hosted by NANPS

Farm to Fork Festival in Toronto

On Saturday, May 20, the Toronto Non-GMO Coali-tion will host its 4th annual Farm to Fork Celebration in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. The festival is a fun, family-friendly day of advocacy for a healthy environment and a safe food system, taking place at Christie Pits Park, from 12 to 6 pm. Enjoy live music, noteworthy speakers, and delicious organic, non-GMO food while you browse the vendors in their market!

The phrase “farm to fork” means many things: knowing where your food comes from; accessing safe, nutritious food; supporting local, family farms and businesses; and getting back to our roots … all important items for our health, community, and planet! With great speakers and dozens of vendors from Ontario’s non-GMO/organic food industry and environmental communities, the festival’s goal is to educate consumers and increase awareness about the health concerns related to genetically modified foods and the detrimental impact that industrial agriculture has on our pollinators and climate. Come learn where your food comes from and how it is produced; talk with organic farmers, chefs, businesses, organizations; enjoy great music and kid-friendly activities; taste some of the most delicious, sustainably produced food and drink in Ontario!

Location: The corner of Christie and Bloor St, near Christie subway station. To be a vendor, to volunteer, or for more information about this event, please visit:

Healthy Living Plus Celebrates 5 Years

Join the proprietors of Healthy Living Plus health food store on Saturday, May 27,  as they celebrate five years of healthy living on the Kingsway! To show their appreciation for customer loyalty, the first 25 customers through the doors when they open at 10 am will receive a gift bag full of goodies with each purchase. Customers will also be entered into a draw for a gift basket. For the entire day, everything in the store will be on sale for 10% to 45% off. Customers can also enjoy product and food demos all day until 5 pm.

Location: 3066 Bloor St. West, near Royal York Road, in Toronto. For more info call (647) 748-2800,

Free Seminar on the Art of Spiritual Dreaming

Eckankar, the ‘Path of Spiritual Freedom’, invites you to a dynamic one-day seminar exploring The Art of Spiritual Dreaming on Saturday, June 3rd.

Attendees at this event will discover simple spiritual exercises and tools to help them access the spiritual wisdom that their dreams offer every night.

According to Harold Klemp, spiritual leader of Eckankar and author of The Art of Spiritual Dreaming, “Dreams touch every level of our life. They may let us glimpse the future, or give suggestions for healing, or share insights into our relationships. Above all, they can and will steer us more directly toward God.”

The keynote speaker at the seminar will be Mike DeLuca, an internationally recognized member of the Eckankar Clergy. Mike has appeared widely on television and radio as “Mr. Sandman,” sharing the tools and spiritual understanding of dreams he has gained through the spiritual teachings of Eckankar.

Admission to this seminar is Free to the public.  Pre-registration recommended. The seminar takes place from 1 to 9 pm at Holiday Inn Yorkdale, 3450 Dufferin St., Toronto.

For more information call (416) 926-8946 or visit

Congratulations to the Winneres of the ‘Green Nobel Prize’

On April 24, 2017, Rodrigo Tot and five other brave people from around the world were awarded the most prestigious environmental award in the world, the Goldman Environmental Prize (aka. the ‘Green Nobel’). The award recognizes ordinary people who do extraordinary things to stand up to corporate power, often risking everything to keep their local communities and ecosystems safe.

Other winners included:

– 84 year-old Wendy Bowman who fought to stop Chinese-owned mining company Yancoal from expanding an open cut coal mine. Bowman took her fight all the way to the New South Wales Court of Appeal, and didn’t give up until she stopped the mine in its tracks.

– Uroš Macerl, an organic farmer from Slovenia, who stopped French-owned cement company Lafarge from spewing hazardous industrial waste all over his community. Uroš rallied support and took his fight all the way to the European Commission.  More info:

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