Toronto Acorn (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is a "multi-issue, membership-based community of low- and moderate-income people" (quote from https://acorncanada.org/about) that fights and wins change by doings things like doorknocking, petitioning and non-violent direct actions.
The first organized group was founded in Weston-Mt. Dennis. They now have groups all over the city. Some of the fights and wins they've had over time include strengthening enforcement of standards in apartment buildings and regulation of the payday loan industry. Current campaigns include fighting for a new Residential Tenancy Act and for licensing all landlords in Toronto. Join an open, local meeting or learn more about how to get involved here!
We touched base with a local organizer who highlighted the fact that retrofits and ageing high rises are a climate justice issue.
Read Acorn's full Healthy Homes Demands here. Or read on for highlights related to Retrofits and ageing High Rises and more ways to amplify and take action.
Laura Bonnici is the City of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion for Ward 5: York-South Weston.
The Toronto Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion project is in its second year and exists in neighbourhoods throughout the city to support innovative local climate action. Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions are trained on local climate change science, communications and action, to help them identify local climate goals and create a plan to reach them . Each Climate Action Champion is a local leader who engages with community residents to motivate and inspire climate actions that support the City of Toronto’s TransformTO strategy and help reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.Read more