Monthly Archives May 2017

Of Teens and Gardens

by Donna Lang, Toronto Animator What do teens and plants have in common?  They both need diversity in order to grow and be part of a thriving community. In Canada, one of our core values is respect for cultural and religious differences. With plants, it is biodiversity that creates a healthy ecosystem. “Putting Down Roots” was the theme of a recent youth planting workshop I helped organize, thanks to an Ontario 150 grant awarded to Faith & the Common Good (FCG), a national, interfaith environmental organization. Held on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017 at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, Toronto, the workshop
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Helping our Climate Vulnerable Neighbours: Updates

The wide spreading flooding across the country these past weeks is a reminder of our increasing vulnerability to climate impacts. Faith & the Common Good is continuing to work to encourage faith communities to 1) examine their own preparedness for climate-induced extreme weather events, and 2) reflect on how to best support climate vulnerable neighbours in their social and ecological justice work. We are also a founding member of CLARION, a cross-sectoral, voluntary collaboration working to promote community-based emergency preparedness and climate adaptation hubs at the neighbourhood level across Canada. Some updates from this work include: The City of Brampton
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GSS Halton Peel holds Annual Awards Night and Networking Event

A celebration of greening achievements by faith-based organizations in Halton-Peel region By Sima Carri, Halton Environmental Network  The Halton-Peel Region chapter of Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) (link) celebrated its achievements at the annual GSS Awards Night and Networking Event on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Oakville. Two organizations received awards for their greening initiatives in 2016. The venue was the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre (link) – a scenic location with tranquil flower gardens, and a special outdoor labyrinth. GSS is the most popular program run by Faith and the Common Good (link), a national, interfaith network committed to protecting
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Announcing Ontario150 Growing Community

In recognition of 2017 as Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the Ontario150 Partnership Program is providing youth with opportunities to participate in their communities in ways that reflect their creativity, cultural expression, diversity, inclusion, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurship, healthy living and civic engagement. At Faith & the Common Good, we have been fortunate to receive funding in support of Growing Community: Engaging Diverse Youth to Strengthen Ontario’s Tapestry of Urban Gardens, engaging youth in garden projects in Ottawa, Halton and Toronto. “I’m proud our government is supporting unique programs, like Growing Community, that encourage young people to get involved in their communities,” says
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