Events: What to do this week

Why not ride your bike to work, help the hungry, chat with a holistic nutritionist or show your support for breast cancer research? Here's how to get involved.Ride your bike to workMay 30Greater Toronto Area (but anyone, anywhere, can partipate)Funny how riding a bike to work isn't the norm for most Canadians. While we could […]


Why not ride your bike to work, help the hungry, chat with a holistic nutritionist or show your support for breast cancer research? Here’s how to get involved.

Ride your bike to work

May 30

Greater Toronto Area (but anyone, anywhere, can partipate)

Funny how riding a bike to work isn’t the norm for most Canadians. While we could argue that it would ruin our dress pants and our laptop cases are too big for our little handlebar baskets, Europeans seem to do it with ease and style. This Monday, Toronto and the GTA has declared it ‘Bike to Work Day.’ But anyone can do it. And stop by on the way home to pick up a baguette at a local bakery. Oooh la-la!

Donate to a food bank

May 31

Across Canada

Tuesday is Hunger Awareness Day. And if you haven’t started spring cleaning your pantry, clear out some cans and donate them to your local food bank. But you can also donate money, too, making it the perfect day to participate in the Kraft Hunger Challenge. The food company will match, get this, dollar-for-dollar, up to $200,000 donated to Food Banks Canada between May 31st and June 10. Over the past seven years, the annual Kraft Hunger Challenge has raised more than $3.5 million for food banks across Canada.


Chat with a holistic nutritionist


June 1, 6 p.m.


Registered holistic nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos, resident nutrition expert for the Steven and Chris Show on CBC, will be at Planet Organic leading a "get energized" seminar. She will also be available to sign copies of her new book Must Have Been Something I Ate, which outlines how foods affect mental and physical health.

Be a fashion target

May 27

Across Canada

Wear your cause on your shirt with the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer tee this Fashion Targets Friday. Joe Fresh created the cool shirts (there’s a cute sequins one, too) which are modeled by Patti Hansen, a two-time cancer survivor. Net proceeds from sales of the cotton T-shirts ($12 to $14) will go toward Rethink Breast Cancer. Also a special shout-out to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer for its 10th anniversary in Canada. You can find the shirts at a local Loblaw store.

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