NOVEMBER: Community News and Events

Whole Life Expo

On November 9, 10, 11 Canada’s largest showcase of natural health returns to Metro Toronto Convention Centre for 3 days of fun, food, and new discoveries. Over 80 speakers and 150 exhibits. Full program details at: or call (416) 515-1330 for exhibitor inquiries.

Big Carrot Free Lecture Series

Every Thursday evening, The Big Carrot natural food market hosts free lectures by wellness experts. Lectures take place above their store at 348 Danforth Ave., Room 212 in Toronto, and provide an opportunity to learn about the latest health topics. Upcoming lectures:

Nov 1 Understanding Cannabis with Dr. Lee Know: As new research expands our understanding of the body’s endocannabinoid system, and new studies uncover the wide-ranging health benefits of cannabis and its constituents, we see a wave of natural health enthusiasts embracing the potential cannabis provides. Join Dr. Lee Know as he separates the propaganda from the current science and learn how nurturing your endocannabinoid system can improve your health and that of your family.

Nov 8 Alkaline Living with Barbara Jentschura: Our health affects our emotions and the capacity to interact with others in meaningful ways. When we improve and guard our health and overcome physical and emotional problems, it can help every one of us to be sources of progress, hope and help for our families and communities. Learn about the true meaning of the alkaline lifestyle with a focus on easy and accessible self-help and individual health empowerment.

Nov 15 Aromatherapy for Immunity with Bonita Barth: Discover the best essential oils and blends for staying healthy, strong and energized through cold & flu season. Expert herbalist and aromatherapist Bonita Barth will share DIY recipes, product samples and lots of great tips!

Nov 22 Manage your Microbiome with Joy McCarthy: Microbes are incredible, they impact everything from our digestion and immune system to our mood and skin health. But how are these magical microbes being effected by your daily choices? Join nutritionist Joy McCarthy to discover simple steps you can take to improve the health of your microbes and you!

Nov 29 The Gut- Brain Connection with Kathleen Cates: Gut bacteria are the foundation of health. Discover what the latest research is telling us about our gut microbiome, the consequences of dysbiosis and how to promote bacterial balance for optimal health and well-being.

All lectures run from 7 to 8:30 pm. Inquiries, email: or call (416) 466-2129.

EcoFair at the Barns

If you’ve been looking to learn more about environmental not-for-profit organizations and eco-friendly businesses, this is your chance! At EcoFair at the Barns, coming up on November 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., can explore everything from green investing to where to shop for sustainable fashion.

The media and the public are invited to this free family-friendly and action-packed day which consistently draws more than 1,000 visitors each year.

At the EcoFair you can talk to over 40 exhibitors on a variety of topics. Learn about vegetarian living from the Toronto Vegetarian Association, or how energy efficient buildings can help change the world. Learn how to do simple bike repairs from Matteo’s Mobile Bike Repair or how to become part of an online community of shareable items in Toronto by joining Good Robot! Bring in your unwanted computers and electronics and drop them off at Free Geek so they can be reused or recycled properly.

Kids can get in on the action too by learning about wind energy by designing and creating pinwheels at Relay for Education, doing nature-themed crafts at Black Creek Community Farm’s station, or transforming old t-shirts into rag rugs with Creative Reuse Toronto. And everyone can enjoy good food and drinks prepared by the Chau, Sausage Party, Doubles Food Trike, Kurtis Coffee, and ChocoSol.

The EcoFair will close with a free screening of the family-friendly, award-winning film ‘Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story’ starting at 4 p.m. After the film there will be a question and answer period with Belinda Li, Director of Innovation at Food Systems Lab.

The event is co-organized by Green Neighbours 21 and Transition Toronto, and sponsored by Meridian Credit Union and Artscape. Artscape Wychwood Barns is at 601 Christie Street, one block south of St Clair Avenue West. For more information go to

Making Herbal Tinctures with Michael Vertolli

This November 17 workshop covers all aspects of the process of making herbal tinctures from both fresh and dried herbs. Topics will include:
• Understanding different extraction media;
• Preparing different potencies;
• Best jars and equipment;
• Using different kinds of presses;
• Differences between using fresh versus dried herbs;
• Administration and dosages;
• Differences between tinctures and other herbal preparations.

This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations of how to prepare, macerate, and press fresh and dried herb tinctures using different kinds of equipment. Students will receive samples of fresh and dried herb tinctures of the same herbs that are prepared during the workshop to use and compare.

The workshop takes place on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 am to 5 pm. Location: Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario. Tuition: $95. For more information call (905) 303-8723, ext. 1, http://www.livingearth






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