Tonight! Progressive Salon’s Harm Reduction in a Marijuana World


Source: Salon Progressiste/Progressive Salon/Facebook


If you’re in Montreal and especially if you can get to NDG tonight, there’s a really interesting event happening at the Coop La Maison Verte.

Progressive Salon (Salon Progressiste) aims “to offer regular opportunities for Montrealers to convene and discuss in a serious and structured way the great questions challenging Canada” and tonight’s Harm Reduction in a Marijuana World – the implications of legalization of marijuana in Canada will have you wondering what life will be like if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau keeps his promise to introduce legislation to legalize pot this spring.

Guest speakers include Dr. Mark Ware, Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University and executive director of the non-profit Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC)  and Adam Greenblatt, Head of Quebec Engagement for Tweed, a Smiths Falls-based company licensed to produce medical marijuana.

When: 7:30-9 p.m.

Where: Coop La Maison Verte,

Admission: Free but get a ticket by filling out a form here.

Or visit the event’s Facebook page


Love art? Check out Saturday’s NDG Art Hive Pop-Up

Source: La Ruche d’Art de NDG Art Hive Facebook page

If you want to spark your creativity, there’s a fun, free,  family friendly event happening Saturday at the new Benny Library in NDG – a duct (duck) tape workshop.

I’m not exactly what this workshop entails – maybe you’re making a wallet? I’ve met some of the folks who run the Cheap Art Collective and the NDG Art Hive and I can assure you they are a lot of fun and very creative.

The art hive welcome people of all ages and children under 12 may attend so long as they are accompanied by an adult. The duct (duck?) tape workshop isn’t geared for the under-five set but there’s plenty of donated art material available so your child will have something to do even if they don’t participate.

The NDG Art Hive “popped up” last summer in NDG Park (what locals call Girouard Park) where it was based out of the park’s chalet.

Now it looks like this art hive pop-up will be a regular happening at Benny Library with future pop-ups planned for March 19, April 30 and May 21.

When: Saturday February 27, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Benny Library, 6400 Monkland Avenue


Event Facebook page may be found here


More Montreal gardening news and an important free conference today

I realize this is last-minute.

I’ve been busy refinishing kitchen cabinets and yesterday I helped clean up the land around an eyesore building in the Devil’s Hill area of Ville St. Pierre/Lachine.

But there are a few events happening in Montreal today that are worth knowing about.

Santropol Roulant Seedling Sale

What: They’re selling all sorts of heirloom, organic and open-pollinated plants as part of an urban agriculture fair. The sale includes an impressive 40 varieties of tomatoes and funds help support gardening projects that provide food for Santropol Roulant’s Meals-on-Wheels program, fresh food baskets and frozen meals.

When: Today, May 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Maison de l’amitié,  120 ave. Duluth E.

If you can’t make tomorrow’s sale, Santropol Roulant is also holding two other seedling sales in front of their office at 111 Roy E. (near Coloniale):

Saturday May 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday May 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Girls of the Hood Conference

This conference is not to be missed.

It’s an initiative of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre’s Digital Literacy Program and the whole thing is organized “by girls for girls,” i.e.  by young women under the age of 25 who are CEGEP students from Dawson, Marianopolis and Vanier.

The conference’s funding comes from a grant the Atwater Library and Computer Centre received from Status of Women Canada’s “Strengthening Girls’ and Young Women’s Economic Prosperity” Project. The Digital Literacy Project is a year and a half into this two-year project and the conference celebrates the project’s many accomplishments.

There are two aspects to the conference. Part of it showcases the achievements of different community groups whose participants include girls and young women from marginalized economic backgrounds. The groups include Head and Hands’ Young Parents’ Program, which has put together a photo-voice project called Through Our Eyes and even held a vernissage fundraiser for the project at Café 92 degrees in NDG.

The keynote speaker is Mélanie Joly and to give the girls and young women ideas for promising careers, there will be four panels on topics that  include Entrepreneurial Women, Women in Technology and Women in Alternative or Non-Traditional Careers

When: Today, May 17, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Atwater Library and Computer Centre, 1200 Atwater (metro Atwater)

Cost: Free, everyone is welcome

P.S. I wrote about it for the Westmount Independent. The story is on page 16

I quoted Liesl Barrell, Executive Director of Montreal Girl Geeks, but her quote was cut during editing. Here’s what she said:

The “Girls of  the Hood” event is an amazing way to showcase female leaders and inspire young women to succeed with awesome panels and activities featuring some of Montreal’s finest women in their fields. Digital literacy and visible role models and mentors make all the difference in getting girls to take on STEM careers (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math), where there are plenty of opportunities now and in the years to come. Add to that childcare on site and a keynote by Melanie Joly: well, that’s just not-to-be-missed icing on an already kick-ass cake! 


Green Living: Montreal Earth Day 2013 happenings

Many Montrealers are marking Earth Day (Jour de la Terre) on April 21st this year even though Earth Day falls on April 22nd.

Organizers of  Sunday’s big Earth Day march in downtown Montreal have put out a cute video (in French) explaining the whys of the march:

From 1-2 p.m. parents and children are invited to let their imaginations go wild as they use sidewalk chalk to draw messages for the Earth at the Place des Festivals, corner Jeanne Mance and Ste. Catherine St. W. (Place-des-Arts metro)

Marchers will leave the Place des Festivals at 2 p.m.

Details available here.

Here are a few other free Earth Day happenings you may not have heard about:

Saturday April 20, 2013

Neighbourhood cleanup and Fête de Quartier

Join Coop Le Milieu and the Éco-Quartier St-Jacques in cleaning up the surrounding neighbourhood (the area bordered by Ontario/Ste-Catherine/Amherst and Visitation).

Then head back to Le Milieu for a neighbourhood party. Festivities include a workshop on making your own seedling pots from recycled materials, music, snacks and even beer!

Where: Coop Le Milieu, 1251 Robin (Beaudry metro, Beaudry & Robin)

When: Gather at the Coop at 1 p.m.

Sunday April 21, 2013

At the Eleanor London Library, 5851 Cavendish, Côte St. Luc

Author Talk – Taras Grescoe

In his book Straphanger Montreal-based Grescoe travels the world to profile public transportation systems. He’ll discuss that experience and chat about environmental issues and urban transit.

When: 11 a.m.


Learn, enjoy a light refreshment, take part in family fun or win a prize at an eco-fair featuring such eco-minded businesses and organizations as A Votre Santé, Alternatives, Dix Mille Villages, Ecollegey, Lufa Farms,  Santropol Coffee and Urban Seedling.

When: 12 noon-5 p.m.

A screening of The Lorax film in English happens at 2 p.m. Registration required, call (514) 485-6900

Earth Day/Buy Nothing Day Party at the Coop La Maison Verte

While the Coop sells all kinds of sustainable merchandise and food, you can’t buy anything at this celebration except seedlings and flowers since it’s an opportunity for people to “reflect on the impact of our behavior on the environment and to recognize the power we all have to minimize our ecological footprint.” The fun will include live music, a sampling table and a crafting corner.

Where: Coop La Maison Verte, 5785 Sherbrooke W. (between Melrose & Wilson)

When: Celebration starts at 10 a.m. If it rains, the event is rescheduled to April 28th

Monday April 22, 2013

BeeGreen Festival in Hampstead

Activities at the Irving L. Adessky Community Centre and in Hampstead Park include flower painting, exhibitions, music, kite flying, a BBQ, chances to adopt a park and buy books at a new “quality used book sale.”

When: 5-8 p.m.

Details available here