You truly could not put a dollar value on finding a group of like-minded people who are just as passionate about changing the world as you are.
However, it’s tough to seek events or ongoing group meetings that match your expectations and, of course those in your age-range.
Luckily, February is home to a wide range of talks and protests that will kick off your 2020 with a bang!
Mental health in the Black Community: A speaker series – February 4th
This speaker series aims to foster a safe, inclusive environment whereby the Black community and its allies can collectively break the stigma and increase awareness on mental health. Experts in the field will be sharing their experience as well as research pertaining to this topic, which will be followed by a Q & A panel period with the audience. The evening will conclude with a period of time devoted to informal networking.
Ontario Model World Health Organization (OMWHO) – February 7th
The conference is modelled after the WHO’s annual health assembly. They bring together like-minded undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from across Canada to engage with topical global health concerns at a level of realism that is largely absent from global health courses.
Climate Resilience: The 23rd Annual Business and Law Conference – February 7th
Each year the JD/MBA Students’ Association at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business hosts a conference that explores prominent themes and issues at the intersection of law, business, and public policy. The annual conference is a celebration and a learning platform that brings together students, alumni, and industry professionals working in Toronto’s legal and business communities. This year, the conference centers around the theme of climate change risks and opportunities, including sustainable investment and corporate governance strategies.
National Anti-Fur Day – February 8th
Come and join Fur Free Toronto and National Anti-Fur Day on February 8th from 1pm to 3pm as they join forces with cities across the country to educate and inform the public about the fur industry, urge them to not support the industry, and their actions in the future. They will be congregating at the intersection of Queen and Spadina in Toronto and will get activists to occupy all 4 corners of the intersection with Fur Free Toronto cards to distribute and copies of our petition to ban the sale of fur. They will have big heart shaped posters in addition to other signage and also do feel free to be creative and make your own with captivating messages about speciesism and having a heart and not wearing fur. If you are an artist and feel inclined, beautiful images of fur-bearing animals would be so powerful as well.
Zero Waste Workshop – February 9th
Everyone is Welcome! Support their youth initiative in addressing climate change. Learn how to convert to a zero-waste kitchen, bathroom, and closet. Learn about the development of Toronto’s circular waste economy from guest speakers and share your thoughts on what a waste-free Toronto could look like.
Human Trafficking in Tourism – February 11th
Join Ted Rogers School of Management to hear the story of how Blue Mountain Resorts were involved in a human trafficking ring and the lessons they learned once it was discovered. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Rachel Dodds, a leader in issues surrounding sustainable tourism development. The panel will consist of James Henry, VP, Hospitality from Blue Mountain Resorts and Lyndsay Mulholland, Sr. Program Manager, Operations representing MPAHT (Meeting Professionals Against Human Trafficking) discussing the issues.
Hart House Global Commons: Visions and Actions Towards Climate Justice – February 13th
The Hart House Global Commons Conference will focus on showcasing the work of students and community organizations participating in real-time from locations from around the world. Guests will share current work and campaigns, along with successes and challenges, to provide a space to learn, inspire, and connect across contexts.
Dinner Confidential (Theme: Health) – February 13th
Dinner Confidential is a community that hosts themed monthly dinner conversations [with women*] around the world. When we really feel we belong, we gain the courage to make positive change in our lives and our world. They have created the perfect recipe to spark that sense of belonging. All you have to do is open up and savor the experience. *If you cannot make it to those event they are also hosting another dinner on March 19th – Theme: Control
LGBTQ2+ Women’s Networking Breakfast – February 14th
This networking breakfast for LGBTQ2+ professional women[i] are intended to strengthen connections within local communities. All are invited to attend, enjoy a complimentary breakfast, trade business cards and connect!
UHN – Understanding Mental Health Law: Educational Seminar – February 20th
You will learn about Ontario’s Mental Health Act, Health Care Consent Act, and more. Hosted at the Toronto Western Hospital.
Shade – The show that celebrates women, the LGBTQ2S+ community, and Black/Indigenous/Performers of colour – February 20th
SHADE is BACK! After selling out for THREE YEARS it returns to a new venue! This February 20th come celebrate a magical night where some proceeds will go towards a community members gender affirming surgery at the ICONIC Gladstone Hotel.
CMHA Applied Sucide Prevention Skills Training (2-day training) – February 24th – 25th
ASIST is a 2-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help individuals recognize the risk of suicide, and learn how to intervene to prevent the risk of suicidal thoughts from becoming suicidal behaviours. Suitable for all persons in positions of trust: health professionals, social service workers, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, and community volunteers. Prepared caregivers can help prevent suicide. Includes a Participant Workbook and a certificate.
Toronto-End Dog Sled Cruelty – February 22nd
They will meet at Allan Gardens at the dog park, then at 1pm they will march to Yonge Dundas Square. Why are they arranging a national campaign against the commercial dog sledding industry? They continue to deceive the Canadian Public. Dogs are chained by their necks during “off-season” in filthy storage fields. No adequate shelter, from the scorching heat of summer or the frigid cold of winter. Dogs urinating and defecating within the confines of their chained area. Substandard food and dirty drinking containers. Minimal / no veterinary treatment. No enrichment.
Nature is Calling: A Lady-led Eco-educational Tour – February 24th
Join The Lady Alliance and our friends at Fjällräven for an evening of inspirational speakers, a documentary viewing, and fun games and giveaways at their Nature Is Calling eco-educational tour. Whether you’re already passionate about saving our planet, looking for a fun and unique evening out with friends, or just curious about this whole “climate change” thing you keep hearing people mention- this event is a MUST for you.
The Walrus Talks Impact – February 25th
Seven speakers for seven minutes each, on the new landscape of community action, giving with impact, and creating meaningful change. Guest speakers include: Roberta Jamieson, president and CEO, Indspire, David Morley, president and CEO, UNICEF Canada and more.