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CIVICMUSLIMS ♥ PROJECT RAMADA

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Are you ready for Ramadan? Yes? No? Maybe? Get in the spirit of Ramadan by helping put together food baskets for families in need across the GTA with Project Ramadan.

CivicMuslims loves Project Ramadan and they love us back! So this year, as a CivicMuslims volunteer, you will be able to sign up for Project Ramadan’s first basket build on Saturday, June 21, before official registration opens up. Why is that a big deal? Because Project Ramadan volunteer spots fill up every year! This is your chance to guarantee your spot to experience Project Ramadan. 

We had 65 volunteers come out on June 21st and successfully made 625 food baskets (1250 bags). Thank you toMuslim Welfare Centre, Halal Brand for donating our bags, Yasin Dusoruth for taking beautiful photos and Subway (7677 Markham Road) for catering.

We had 65 volunteers come out on June 21st and successfully made 625 food baskets (1250 bags). Thank you to Muslim...

Posted by Project Ramadan on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Donating to Project Ramadan

Consider donating to Project Ramadan to help with the costs of the food baskets. Donations are not mandatory but will help build more baskets to serve more families.

All donations will be received by the Muslim Welfare Centre. The Muslim Welfare Centre is a registered charity (#89733-1732-RR-0001). All donations over $20 receive a tax receipt. Donations will also be accepted onsite at the Muslim Welfare Centre head office.

ONE MILLION TREES PLANTING WITH EVERGREEN AND CITY OF MISSISSAUGA

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We are sending a team of CivicMuslims volunteers to help with Evergreen’s and the City of Mississauga’s planting at Applewood Greenbelt.

The City of Mississauga committed to planting one million trees by 2032 and has already planted more than 100,000.

The goal is to plant 150 plants at this site. Everything is provided: planting demonstrations, tools, gloves, snacks, water, and health and safety orientation. All you need to do is be there!

CivicMuslims volunteers tree planting with Evergreen and the City of Mississauga as part of the city's One Million Trees campaign

Posted by CivicMuslims on Sunday, June 1, 2014

CivicMuslims Re-Connect Party

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With summer right around the corner, we’ve got some exciting initiatives and events lined up! Come out to get in the know, and enjoy a delicious catered dinner at the Centre for Social Innovation, Annex location.

Starts: May 20 @ 7:00pm
Ends: May 20 @ 9:00pm
Location: Centre for Social Innovation Annex
720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

The warm weather is finally here and we’ve got some exciting initiatives and events lined up. Come out to our Re-Connect Party to get a sneak peak at our summer 2014 lineup, while enjoying a delicious catered dinner at the Centre for Social Innovation Annex. Program:

  • Welcome and icebreakers
  • Summer 2014 sneak peak
  • Dinner and networking
  • Maghrib prayer and closing


HERITAGE TORONTO NATURAL HERITAGE SYMPOSIUM

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Join us on November 12 for a discussion about Natural Heritage in Toronto. Areas that will be discuss include  trees as natural heritage resources, what the average citizens can do to conserve natural heritage in the context of our natural ecosystems, the City of Toronto’s Natural Heritage Study and the management of natural heritage resources related to water.

Starts: November 12 @ 7:00pm
Ends: November 12 @ 9:00pm
Location: HISTORIC ST. LAWRENCE HALL
157 King St E
Toronto, ON M5C 1G8

 

PANEL:
Franz Hartman, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Barbara Heidenreich, Ontario Heritage Trust
Jane Weninger, City of Toronto
Carolyn Woodland, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

MODERATED BY:
Geoff Cape, Executive Director, Evergreen

To register, please send us an e-mail (connect@civicmuslims.ca) to let us know you are attending.Join us on November 12 for a discussion about Natural Heritage in Toronto. Areas that will be discuss include  trees as natural heritage resources, what the average citizens can do to conserve natural heritage in the context of our natural ecosystems, the City of Toronto’s Natural Heritage Study and the management of natural heritage resources related to water.

CivicMuslims joined Heritage Toronto on November 12 for their Symposium on Natural Heritage. Areas that were discussed...

Posted by CivicMuslims on Saturday, November 16, 2013

QUEBEC CHARTER OF VALUES: WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

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Explore issues of state neutrality and religious accommodation vis-à-vis the proposed legislation of the Quebec’s Charter of Values. The proposed Charter includes banning public sector workers, including teachers and all civil servants from wearing “ostentatious” religious symbols. This includes: hijabs, turbans, and large crosses.

Starts: November 06 @ 5:30pm
Ends: November 06 @ 6:30pm
Location: Multi-Faith Centre, room 113, 569 Spadina Ave.

Sponsored by Religion in the Public Sphere, Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, Multi-Faith Centre

Join Prof. Benjamin Berger, Osgoode Law School, Prof. Ruth Marshall, Study of Religion, U of T and Prof. Simone Chambers, Political Science, U of T in a moderated discussion of the Quebec Charter of Values with Prof. Pamela Klassen, Director, Religion in the Public Sphere programme, U of T.

 

To register, please send us an e-mail (connect@civicmuslims.ca) to let us know you will be attending.

MUSLIM-CATHOLIC STUDENT DIALOGUE – MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

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The Muslim-Catholic Student Dialogue, supported by the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto and the Canadian Council of Imams, strives to foster mutual and deeper understandings of the Islamic and Catholic faiths. The dialogue supports uniting and life-giving friendships between Catholic and Muslim students through thought-provoking dialogues on topics related to both faiths and by living out these faiths through social service activities.

Starts: November 28 @ 6:00pm
Ends: November 28 @ 8:00pm
Location: St. Michael College - Faculty of Theology (Room 102)
Cardinal Flahiff Centre
(95 St. Joseph’s Street – 2 traffic lights south of Bay and Bloor Sts.)

Mental Health Issues: Understandings and Practices in Islam and Catholicism

Facilitators: Aisha (Muslim) and Gaby (Catholic)

St. Michael College – Faculty of Theology (Room 102)
Cardinal Flahiff Centre
(95 St. Joseph’s Street – 2 traffic lights south of Bay and Bloor Sts.)

COMMUNITY GARDENING/YARD CLEANUP OCTOBER

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CivicMuslims is excited to join Youth Without Shelter for its annual garden clean-up of the facility grounds in preparation for winter. Tasks include clearing the grounds, turning over the garden beds and general maintenance around the facility.  A tour will also be provided to educate volunteers about the services that are offered and the unique approach taken by staff to empower the youth.

Starts: October 26 @ 9:30am
Ends: October 26 @ 12:00pm
Location: Youth Without Shelter
6 Warrendale Court
Toronto ON, M9V 1P9 

*Update October 21st 2013: Several spots have become available for the Youth Without Shelter – Garden/Yard Cleanup this Saturday. If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to connect@civicmuslims.ca. Spots will be filled on a first come basis.

Youth Without Shelter (YWS) is Etobicoke’s singular emergency residence and referral agency serving homeless youth aged 16-24. At YWS we are committed to stepping far beyond the basics of food and beds.

In 1986 a group of teachers and guidance counselors created YWS as they were frustrated with the lack of safe, emergency housing and support programs for their students. Since that time Youth without Shelter has helped more than 14,000 homeless youth to build their confidence and life-skills and to find long-term stable housing and jobs. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we are dedicated to providing shelter and support programs in a safe environment, with the goal of getting youth off the streets permanently.

 

EGLINTON CONNECTS – OPEN HOUSE

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The City of Toronto is currently conducting a planning study of Eglinton Avenue from Jane Street to just beyond Kennedy subway station, called the Eglinton Connects Planning Study. The planning study will present recommendations for the future of Eglinton Avenue at three open houses planned for next week. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Starts: October 09 @ 6:30pm
Ends: October 09 @ 8:00am
Location: Jean Vanier Secondary School, 959 Midland Ave. (just north of Eglinton)

Planning concepts and options for the future of Eglinton Avenue were developed through research and analysis conducted by the City Planning division and a team of consultants beginning in January 2012. These concepts and options were evaluated and advanced with the assistance of the public through a series of workshops.

The most recent workshops took place in May and June of this year. The resulting recommendations to be presented at the upcoming open houses include new streetscapes and new types and sizes of buildings, as well as demonstration plans for the six focus areas that were discussed in the earlier rounds of consultation.

Attendees can expect to view recommendations on each of the following three themes:
• Building Eglinton: Looking at opportunities for mid-rise and taller buildings along Eglinton Avenue, and promoting true mixed-use development and employment growth along the line (building design criteria, etc.)
• Travelling Eglinton: Achieving a mobility mix that accommodates all users – pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, transit users, deliveries and servicing, as well as parking – safely and comfortably (safe cycling, efficient movement of vehicles, vibrant pedestrian space, etc.)
• Greening Eglinton: Identifying opportunities for street greening, and getting more open space with new development, and strengthening connections to Toronto’s ravines (street trees, new park space, etc.)

A key feature of the open houses will be a 40-metre map of the Eglinton corridor.

The open houses will run between 6:30 and 9 p.m. A comprehensive presentation of the recommendations will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at each open house.

East open house: Wednesday, October 9
Jean Vanier Secondary School, 959 Midland Ave. (just north of Eglinton)

The objectives of the Eglinton Connects Planning Study are to intensify, beautify and improve mobility along Eglinton Avenue. These objectives will help to realize the full potential of opportunities presented by the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

BRUCE TRAIL DAY: FALL HIKE

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Bruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada’s oldest and longest footpath!

Join Civic Muslims as we explore the beautiful fall colours in one of the most scenic sections of the Bruce Trail.

Starts: October 06 @ 12:00pm
Ends: October 06 @ 3:00pm
Location: Terra Cotta Conservation Area - Watershed Learning Centre @ 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd, Halton Hills, ON

How to get there:

Terra Cotta Conservation Area – Watershed Learning Centre.
14452 Winston Churchill Blvd, Halton Hills, Ontario

By car – Free parking at Terra Cotta Conservation Area for Bruce Trail Day participants.

  • From Hwy. #401, exit north and continue on Winston Churchill Blvd.
  • Take a slight right at King St.
  • Take the second left on to Winston Churchill Blvd
  • Terra Cotta Conservation Area is 2 kilometres ahead on the left side of the road
  • Go past the gatehouse and go straight through box horse gate. Take first left into parking lot.

By bus – Free chartered bus leaves at 12 noon from Toronto

  • Meet at York Mills Subway Station in Toronto
    (on Old York Mills Rd near the southern entrance to the subway station)
  • Bus departs at 12 noon sharp (in time for the 1:00 pm free guided hike)

- Space is limited. Please RSVP by Thursday October 3rd! -

FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER DAY OCTOBER

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CivicMuslims is sending a team of volunteers to help out at the ISNA Canada Food Bank on Saturday, October 5,  2013. Check out our album from one of our earlier visits for some amazing photos.

Starts: October 05 @ 8:00am
Ends: October 05 @ 2:00pm
Location: ISNA Canada Food Bank
2200 South Sheridan Way
Mississauga, ON, L5J 2M4

*Update September 10th, 2013: This event is now fully booked. Please check back  for our November food bank event.

The ISNA Canada Food Bank serves families and individuals in need of all faiths and backgrounds. By volunteering you will have a chance to help out with three amazing programs on the same day:

·         Food Bank – providing food baskets

·         Soup Kitchen – serving hot meals

·         Meals on Wheels – preparing meals for shelters in Toronto

Join our volunteer team by emailing connect@civicmuslims.ca Volunteers are particularly needed for the morning shift (8 AM), but you can drop by any time until 2 PM. Just let us know when you are able to join us.

SHORELINE CLEANUP 2013

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CivicMuslims is pleased to invite you to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Rouge Park, hosted by Site Coordinator Aasiya Hussain of Ecohesian Inc. Please join in fulfilling our amaanah (sacred trust) by leaving a positive national legacy that helps keep our waters and natural environment healthy and sustainable.

Starts: September 28 @ 2:00pm

Ends: September 28 @ 4:30pm
Location: Rouge Marsh / Beach parking lot (195 Rouge Hills Drive, at Rouge Hills Drive & Lawrence Ave. E.)

This September, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is proudly celebrating 20 years of shoreline cleanups. Since the program began in 1994, this Vancouver Aquarium and WWF conservation initiative has helped cleanup volunteers like you remove over 1.1 million kg of shoreline litter. Last year alone, over 136,000 kg of shoreline litter was removed from Canadian shorelines and CivicMuslims had a great time participating within the community. Check out our album from last year for some amazing photos.


GO GREEN WORKSHOP

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As you are aware, climate change is happening and it is no longer, if, but now. What can we do to mitigate this change? The Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT) is hosting a “Go Green and Save Money in your Faith Community” workshop, to inform you of the various energy incentives for buildings, schools and homes.

Starts: September 19 @ 6:30pm
Ends: September 19 @ 9:30pm
Location: Islamic Institute of Toronto, 1630 Neilson Avenue, Toronto ON, M1X 1S3

We invite you to attend this FREE interfaith workshop on Thursday September. 19th from 6:30-9:30pm at the Islamic Institute of Toronto. This is an opportunity for you to learn about energy and water conservation, community gardens, waste management and recycling, and retrofit projects and grants that can be applied to Mosques and community centres as well as at home.

In you are interested in attending, please e-mail connect@civicmuslims.ca

*This workshop is being held thanks to the generosity of TD Friends of the Environment

THE FUTURE OF SCARBOROUGH TRANSIT

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The Future of Scarborough Transit: Debate on Proposed LRT and Subway Replacements for the SRT

Join us for this friendly public debate! In you are interested in attending, please e-mailconnect@civicmuslims.ca

Starts: September 14 @ 2:00pm

Ends: September 14 @ 4:00pm
Location: West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre, 313 Pharmacy Avenue 

The Future of Scarborough Transit: Debate on Proposed LRT and Subway Replacements for the SRT

The existing Scarborough RT from Kennedy station to the McCowan SRT stop will be in need of replacement by 2015. A standing plan originally included in the 2007 Transit City proposal was to replace the SRT with new Light Rapid Transit which would run along the same route, extended with two new stations to reach Sheppard Avenue East and Markham.

However since spring 2013, some councillors with support of the mayor have brought forward a plan to extend the Bloor-Danforth subway line from Kennedy station to Sheppard and McCowan instead, re-routing the line underneath McCowan Road and abandoning the SRT line and stations. Backers of this proposal claim to have the support of most Scarborough residents, but questions have been raised as to which plan better serves us.

 

Presented By: West Scarborough Community Action & Scarborough Transit Action

BILLY BISHOP TORONTO CITY AIRPORT

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The City of Toronto is conducting a public consultation process on a request to permit jet airplanes at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The focus of the consultation is to assess how changes to the airport would impact the city, including the ongoing revitalization of the waterfront and nearby communities on the water’s edge.

Starts: September 09 @ 6:00pm
Ends: September 09 @ 9:00pm
Location: Metro Hall - Rooms 308/309, 55 John St. 6 to 7 p.m. (drop-in) 7 to 9 p.m. (workshop)

Specific issues to be considered include:

• Aviation – noise, safety and infrastructure
• Economic impacts
• Land use and community impacts
• Marine navigation, coastal and habitat assessments
• Public health impacts
• Transportation impacts.

The public and stakeholder consultation is an essential element of the review. The findings from the consultation process will be available online after the consultation has concluded and will be used to help inform the staff review.

Staff will submit an update on this matter to the September 24 meeting of the City’s Executive Committee. A final public consultation meeting will be held in early November. The final report is scheduled to be brought forward for consideration at the December 5 meeting of the Executive Committee. Pending decisions made by the City’s Executive Committee, the final report will then go to Council for consideration.

FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER DAY SEPTEMBER

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CivicMuslims is sending a team of volunteers to help out at the ISNA Canada Food Bank on Saturday, September 7 2013. Check out our album from one of our earlier visits for some amazing photos.

The ISNA Canada Food Bank serves families and individuals in need of all faiths and backgrounds. By volunteering you will have a chance to help out with three amazing programs on the same day:

·         Food Bank – providing food baskets

·         Soup Kitchen – serving hot meals

·         Meals on Wheels – preparing meals for shelters in Toronto

Join our volunteer team by emailing connect@civicmuslims.ca Volunteers are particularly needed for the morning shift (8 AM), but you can drop by any time until 2 PM. Just let us know when you are able to join us.

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY’S KICKS FOR CANCER

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CivicMuslims is sending a team of volunteers to help the Canadian Cancer Society with their Kicks for Cancer soccer tournament.

Starts: August 17 @ 8:00am
Ends: August 18 @ 5:00pm
Location: Creditview Fields
10500 Creditview Road
Brampton, ON, L7A 3A4

The two-day tournament in Brampton (at Creditview Fields, see map below) is an important fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Our volunteers will help with setup and takedown. The available shifts are:

  • Saturday, August 17, 8am – 11am (setup)

  • Saturday, August 17, 5pm – 7pm (takedown)

  • Sunday, August 18, 8am – 11am (setup)

  • Sunday, August 18, 3pm – 5pm (takedown)

IDEA JAM (VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE) AUGUST

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On Friday August, 16 2013, the CivicMuslims Volunteer Committee will be hosting its first IdeaJam. Whether you have an idea you would like to pitch or would just like to learn what the Volunteer Committee is up to, please join us in August for our first meeting.

Starts: August 16 @ 7:00pm
Ends: August 16 @ 9:00pm
Location: Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue, 
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7

Thank you to everyone who attended the Volunteer and Educational Committee Meetings this week. Want to get involved with CivicMuslims? Join the team at: http://www.civicmuslims.ca/volunteer/

Posted by CivicMuslims on Saturday, August 17, 2013



EID DINNER, CAKE AND GREETING CARD SWAP

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We reserved the best room in the restaurant, will enjoy a made-from-scratch Eid cake prepared by the Marché pastry chefs, and a special twist: we are asking everyone to bring a greeting card with them to the dinner.

Starts: August 15 @ 7:00pm
Ends: August 15 @ 9:00pm
Location: Marché Restaurant
181 Bay Street (Brookfield Place)
Toronto, ON, M5J 2T3

Join our Eid dinner at the beautiful open-market Marché restaurant.

Write a reflection from Ramadan and wishes for Eid inside the greeting card, sign it and seal it. We will do a random card swap at the dinner. Your greeting card will go to someone and you will get a card from someone. A chance for us to reflect on Ramadan together and share in the spirit of Eid.

ISNA FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER DAY JUNE

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CivicMuslims is sending a team of volunteers to help out at the ISNA Canada Food Bank on Saturday, June 1st.

The ISNA Canada Food Bank serves families and individuals in need of all faiths and backgrounds.

Starts: June 01 @ 8:30am
Ends: June 01 @ 2:30pm
Location: ISNA Canada Food Bank
2200 South Sheridan Way
Mississauga, ON, L5J 2M4

By volunteering you will have a chance to help out with three amazing programs on the same day:

  • Food Bank – providing food baskets

  • Soup Kitchen – serving hot meals

  • Meals on Wheels – preparing meals for shelters in Toronto

IDEAS2ACTION: SPEAKOUT, MIST AND MUSLIM CHAPLAINCY

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Changemakers: What’s their secret? How do they take an idea from conception to reality? And how is the journey?

Join us at the Centre for Social Innovation Annex for Ideas2Action, CivicMuslims’ platform for connecting with changemakers.

Starts: May 22 @ 7:30pm
Ends: May 22 @ 9:30pm
Location: Centre for Social Innovation Annex
720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 2R4

 At our first Ideas2Action, hear from:

  • Besma Soltan, Founder, SPEAKout Poetry

  • Hamzah Moin, Founder, MIST Toronto

  • Ruqayyah Ahdab, Executive Director, The Muslim Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto

Each speaker will share their journey, openly and honestly, from the ups and downs to the lessons learned, and reflections on making change. But the evening is about you: our goal is to spark change by connecting, inspiring, and supporting you in your own work and aspirations.

You must RSVP to reserve a spot. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Program:
Doors open – 7:15
Welcome and Networking – 7:30
Ideas2Action Intro – 7:45
SPEAKout, Besma Soltan – 8
IdeaSpark Break – 8:15
Muslim Chaplaincy, Ruqayyah Ahdab – 8:30
MIST, Hamzah Moin – 8:45
Prayer Break, Maghrib – 9
Closing Spark – 9:15