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March Against Monsanto – Toronto

No time to make a sign. No time to be a bee!  MAMTO-SIGN

But I still marched. I made a difference. One voice among thousands. We shouted

“HEY, HEY! HO, HO! GMOS HAVE GOT TO GO!”

We let our city know what we want:

“SEED FREEDOM”

& when we wanted it

“NOW!”

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It was my first time going to MAMTO, yet it felt so natural to me.

All morning I stared at my breakfast, mulling over my food choices. Where they organic? No.  Where did they come from? I don’t even want to think about it.
How many GMOs are snuck into the food I eat everyday?

Denial.
I’ll admit it, I know about all the awful pesticides killing our lovely pollinators.
I try to buy local, farm-friendly and organic when I can, but I am unemployed and trying to get to university.
It’s hard to vote with your money when you don’t have any!

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Attending events like March Against Monsanto, going to local farmers markets and supporting programs such as Food Share, FarmTOFork, or the Toronto GMO Coalition can still make a difference — even if you can’t afford to buy 100% organic and fair trade products.

Volunteering is a free way to show your support.
*PRO TIP* sometimes you get free stuff!

At the end of the march, I got to hear a few bands play in Christie Pits along with many speakers. I wish I remembered their names. These are real people making change!  Some sacrificed their jobs standing up for what they believe in.
It blew me away that one girl (16) started advocating for labeling GMOs when she was just 11 years old!
If she can do it, we all can.

Step up and fight for a world we are proud to be a part of.

♥ A.R.T.T.  xx

Girls Rock!

Get ready Dawson City, Grrrls are going to shake things up this summer.

Heck yeah! It’s be a success with crowd-funding for the Yukon Girls Rock Camp and that means young girls getting together, making music and feeling empowered. Devon and the Dawson City Music Fest crew hosted concerts, local events and a Kickstarter campaign in efforts to raise money for this great idea.
When people get together, anything is possible!

Yukon Girls Rock Camp

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2015 Year at a Glance [Aquarius] -Erasure poem-

The encounter between Uranus and a four-year crisis will awake radical playfulness in another life you choose to participate in.
Aquarius, cosmic inventor of a better future.

People begin to bloom, promising new acquaintances on your doorstep.
Relationships have a party existing all with new adventure and interest.

 
Connect, perhaps from years ago.
Be distracted by a thousand possibilities.

Look for magic

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– SAVE THE PLANET – GET FREE STUFF –

If you want to feel good and simultaneously do some good for the earth, I suggest you check out Freecycle.org

Freecycle is a nonprofit, grassroots movement with 5,000+ groups worldwide.
People give/get stuff for free, locally.

The movement is saving you from being sucked into the corporate wormhole; Buy. Break. Toss. Repeat.

Help you $$$ SAVE MONEY$$$ and give yourself the opportunity to find cool, new-to-you stuff.

The best part? Things that are still good and usable stay out of landfills!

So why not reduce waste, save our valuable resources and give a gift to someone who will truly appreciate it? Giving feels good and it is 100% FREE

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2015 Year at a Glance [Taurus] -Erasure poem-

Earth, your roots are hungry.
Spirits tug at you, longings challenged by necessities.
It’s better to feel deep wisdom direct your desires.

Plan to be resourceful with what you have
— inner wealth is accumulated stuff.

Throw yourself into a dream of possibilities.
You being the rock,
Restructure consistency.

Flashes of insight reveal issues you buried from other lives.  Will the heart into childlike spirits.

inwardly rich. You are a dance in years to come.

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Cherry Blossoms in High Park!

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Good morning universe! 

 ♥ Today I am off to High Park to see the lovely Sakura trees ♥


… Haven’t seen them and live in Toronto?!?

Take a day to bike, walk or fly!
Pack a picnic – don’t forget to take your trash with you –
+ spend the day breathing in some O(xygen) and hugging some trees.
I’d suggest going before Saturday, wind might blow the lovely flowers away.

*UPDATE* Toronto Hydroburgers

Results weren’t ideal for Toronto’s Hydro customers or environmental advocates.

18 out of 45 City Councillors voted in favour of ‘POLLUTER PAYS’

This would have gained the city of Toronto $1.6 million by charging hydro companies for their pollution instead of giving them discounts and allowing pollution fees to be passed down to hydro customers.

22 Councillors including the Mayor voted against full cost recovery.

They decided to allow corporate polluters to get discounts on the clean up costs associated with water treatment. This means hydro customers are still paying  double for clean up fees.

See how your Councillor voted:

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Interesting how BOTH burger brains voted against making corporations pay money to the City. Notice Rob Ford’s conflict of interest …

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Reading List: April 2015

 January | February  | March | April | May | June | July | August

April, where did you go?
I’ve been really busy with University applications and trying to find myself a job. I didn’t read or write as much as I wanted to this month, but I am being productive. Yippie!
I picked up a small collection of H.P. Lovecraft’s work and I just need to say this: I am enamored. Blown away by the way he uses words. The way his stories aren’t in-your-face freaky, but totally elegant and classy. So far I’ve read Rats in the Walls, the Picture in the House and the Outsider. I have to read Lovecraft’s work aloud because it is too beautiful to keep in my head.
Do you have a specific story or author that begs to be read aloud?

» April 7.EERIE-vol1

EERIE Archives Vol 1 by Dark Horse Comics.
The first 5 EERIE! horror comics compiled from their release in 1966. Colour and content are all fantastic quality. I especially enjoyed reading advertisements from the original comics.
Keep an eye out, if you’ve ever wanted to have your own pet monkey for $20! :}

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»April 13.

Tank Girl: The Odyssey by Peter Milligan and Jamie Hewlett.

A tribute to Homer’s the Odyssey. Booga is plagued by Hollywood producers while Tank Girl is away. Their son, Telemakeus tries to contact her, and chaos ensues. The writers are clever and witty, but I’ve never read the original story by Homer, so I can’t tell you if they stayed true to the original.

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QU33R-Robkirby» April 18.

QU33R complied by Rob Kirby.
Artists included are: Amanda Verwey, Carlo Quispe, Carrie McNinch, Christine Smith, Craig Bostick, David Kelly, Dylan “NDR” Edwards, Edie Fake, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Ivan Velez Jr., Jennifer Camper, Jose-Luis Olivares, Justin Hall, Kris Dresen , L. Nichols, Marian Runk, Michael Fahy, Rick Worley, Rob Kirby, Sasha Steinberg, Sina Sparrow, Steve MacIsaac, Terrance Griep, and Tyler Cohen.

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» April 27.SSoRC

The Sweeter Side of R.Crumb.
A collection of Robert Crumb’s drawings. The intro says that he is trying to get more females to like his work… now I can’t tell if this book is one big joke or if he is sincerely generalizing women by thinking we’re going to want pictures of cats and children, landscapes and clothing. I know that he is trying to show his ‘sweeter side’, but I like his normal work WAY better than what is in this book.   – Female Opinion.

Yukon Girls Rock Camp — 4 DAYS LEFT!

4 DAYS LEFT

YUKON GIRLS ROCK needs $1000 more!!!

Help out however you can.

Donate – getcoolstuff – or Share!
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Yukon Girls Rock Camp 2015 — Kickstarter.

This is not a test

toronto-trashcolormix-A.R.T.T.This is not a test… it is a reminder.
A sticker to show you where your trash goes!

I try to stay conscious of what I buy; It limits what I send to landfills.
I often ask myself:

Do I need it?
How much packaging is there?
Will it break soon after I buy it?
Can I make this myself?
Can I acquire it pre-loved?