TIFF party: A beautiful day for disruption

On Saturday, rebels took to the Toronto International Film Festival to make Torontonians and movie enthusiasts alike aware of the Climate Crisis. Meeting in Simcoe park, party-goers were treated to beautiful artistic acts, from poetry and singing to live painting and the legendary Raging Grannies.

Rebels also took the red carpet, interrupting during A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood to ask Tom Hanks to use his platform to speak out about the climate crisis. Despite angry calls to “go home” from others at the carpet, rebels did get the attention and acknowledgement of the actor.

A beautiful afternoon, filled with song, laughter, and thought-provoking art, the effectiveness of art and peaceful (but loud!) disruption continues to be showcased. We hope Mr. Hanks takes our message to heart, and decides to be a good neighbor and spread the urgency of our mission.

Photos courtesy of Prashant Tripathi, Jessie, and Sean.

Walk with Walk to Wake the Nation!

Yesterday, Toronto rebels joined Calgary resident Ann Cognito on the latest stretch of her Walk to Waken the Nation. Accompanied by her dog, Mr. Myrtle Sir, Ann has been on a 3300 kilometer walk from Calgary to Ottawa, where she plans to deliver a petition and message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while spreading the good word of Extinction Rebellion.

Toronto XR members joined Ann when she arrived at Finch station, and numbers increased as she steadily marched to Queen’s Park. An incredible day of solidarity, despite the gloomy weather. XR Toronto wishes Ann all the best in the next leg of her journey!

Double Feature: Solidarity with Brazil and Turkey

This weekend, XR Toronto stood in solidarity with our environmental allies in Brazil and Turkey. On Saturday, August 24, we stood with our Brazilian friends in a protest at Queen’s Park, further bringing attention to the 57,509 fires ravaging the Amazon. Indigenous groups in the forest have been caretaking it peacefully for hundreds of years, and rely on it for food and water. These forest fires not only decimate the ecosystem of the forest, but the lives of those in it.

On the 25th, we were at Dundas Square standing with Canada Mount Ida Solidarity. Alamos Gold, a Canadian company, has been conducting a massive open-pit mining operation in the Ida Mountains in Turkey. The cyanide they’ve used in the drilling process (easily replaceable with less toxic materials) could spell disaster for the local ecosystem should there be a leak, not to mention the arsenic and heavy metals that will contaminate it regardless.