Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Clean #Toronto Together and the Green Living Show

April 19-20, 2013 is the upcoming Clean Toronto Together program, which was announced by Mayor Rob Ford earlier this month, which is a community event to reduce litter and remove graffiti vandalism and posters. A promotion was happening downtown today with free Glad bags and a giant Glad bag character (they are the primary sponsor), a living tree character and a Pizza Pizza mascot.

Mayor Ford said that "Keeping our streets, parks and neighbourhoods clean and safe is the goal of the Clean Toronto Together program," said Mayor Ford. "What is significant about this program is that we all work together. City staff, students, workers in offices, community groups - everyone pitches in and works together to keep our city clean." The city also has a program to encourage and promote outside arts with StreetARToronto. 

Office staff and students can participate in the corporate and school cleanup on April 19 with community groups and other organizations taking part on April 20. You can register at http://www.toronto.ca/cleantoronto. A fleet of equipment will be involved in the cleanup on the 19th including 50 litter vacuums, 45 sweepers, 20 front-end loaders and 11 collection trucks among the approximate 300 vehicles.

Also keep in mind that this weekend is the Green Living Show 2013 (greenlivingshow.ca) from April 12-14 at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place. This three day event is North America’s largest consumer show dedicated to healthy and sustainable lifestyles. You can find details of the show below after the jump.

Show Attractions - All weekend:

- The Ontario Culinary Adventure – A tour of the taste’s of Ontario's diverse and  delicious food and beverages
- Eco Parent Pavilion – The destination for parents looking to make more sustainable choices.
- Eco Chic Fashion and Beauty – Designer runway shows, fashion and beauty experts, anti aging therapies, luxury products, shopping and more.
- Interactive displays including the Fresh Water Pavilion and the Outdoor Classroom.
- Yoga and Fitness Pavilion – Lectures, workshops and classes for living a healthy and active lifestyle.
- Health and Wellness Stage – All the latest information about toxins with natural health and nutrition.
- Kidszone – Valuable learning through inspirational speakers, workshops, crafts and games.
- Transportation – Test drive vehicles, scooters, and see innovative alternative ways of commuting, including the Metrolinx Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) mock-up.
- Main Stage – Be inspired by an exciting line up of speakers and personalities.


- Canadian Green Car Award – Winner announced  9:45 AM on Main Stage.
- Youth Day – A full day of awesome speakers including Spencer West, and Ta’Kaiya Blaney, interactive learning with the Owlkids scavenger hunt and environmental quiz show, and leadership training sessions from Me to We.
- Business Forum (7:30 – 10 AM) – Speakers discuss impact investing and clean capitalism (ticketed).
- Eco Chic Fashion and Beauty Event (6 – 8 PM) – Designer fashion show, expert beauty panels, mini makeovers, shopping and more.



         - Rob Stewart filmmaker (Sharkwater and Revolution / 11:30- 12:15)
         - Gordie Wornoff (Turning Trash into Treasure / 12:30 – 1:15PM)
         - Celine Cousteau filmmaker (People and the Natural World / 6 – 7 PM)

- Healthy Aging Panel discussion (1:30 – 2:30 PM).
- The Future of Tourism with Bruce Poon Tip.
- Ready to Wear Designer Showcase aand Future of Fashion Panel Discussion (4:30 – 5:30 PM).
- Victories Celebration – Recognition for the victories won and those behind making a difference. Celebrate Mega Quarry victory and Soupstock led by Michael Statlander, Protecting Escarpment Rural Land with Sarah Harmer, removing Toxins in personal care products from Environmental Defence, the Rouge National Park and the David Suzuki Foundation, protecting Right Whales from WWF, and Ocean conservation with Celine and the Cousteau family. Special performance by Ta’Kaiya Blaney (12-year old first nations performer (7 – 8 PM).


- EcoParent Panel – Raising healthier, greener kids (11 AM – 12 PM).
- Healthy Homes and Family Panel – Making green and healthy choices for families (2 – 3 PM).
- Organic Health Panel – Three generations of organic activists discuss the “O” word, including 13-year old Rachel Parent (3 – 4 PM).
- Zen Stretch with Bodhi Batista (4 – 5 PM).

Where:          Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
When:           Fri. April 12 (10 AM – 9 PM) / Sat. (10 AM – 9 PM) / Sun. (10 AM – 6 PM)
Admission:     Free admission with a donation of e-waste, courtesy of Samsung Canada.
                        Regular ticket prices posted online.

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