POL­I­TICS

Pride flaunts it; Kennedy takes care of the earth

NOW Magazine - Hot Summer Guide - - CONTENTS - By ADRIA VASIL

Cy­cle high

About 10 days of Toronto Bike Week are still left (guess “Bike Fort­night” didn’t go over well with test au­di­ences), and there are dozens of ways to get sweaty and see the city while hon­our­ing earth-friendly trans­port. Take an eco­log­i­cal bike tour or a Wenches With Wrenches work­shop, ride for heart dis­ease, ride to work – just ride, baby, ride. Through June 12. www.toronto.ca/cy­cling/bike­week.

Pump­ing Pride

Sure, naive young­sters might think the day is just an ex­cuse to get drunk and wet, but any­one who’s fol­lowed the gay rights move­ment at all knows march­ing down the street naked in chaps next to the mayor is a se­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal achieve­ment. Plus this is the 25th an­niver­sary of Gay, Les­bian, Bi­sex­ual and Trans­gen­dered Pride and it should be one hell of a party. The Dyke

March is June 25, and the huge pa­rade ex­trav­a­ganza hits the street June 26. Those seek­ing a more earnest cel­e­bra­tion of queer achieve­ments should check out the swank Pride 25 Awards

Gala June 21 at the Sut­ton Place Ho­tel. $250. 416-927-7433, www.pridetoronto. com.

Arab Fed­er­a­tion meets

Dive into hot ’n’sticky top­ics like sharia law in Canada, how Ara­bic new­com­ers and artists are get­ting shafted, as well as pho­bias and isms within the com­mu­nity it­self. All at this year’s thought-pro­vok­ing Canadian Arab Fed­er­a­tion Con­fer­ence at Metro Hall (55 John), June 18. $40-$80. 416-4938635, www.caf.ca.

Kennedy’s com­mon touch

Need a lit­tle green­spi­ra­tion to get off your ass and save the earth? Robert

Kennedy Jr. is com­ing back to T.O. to talk about his river restora­tion bat­tles, fight­ing cor­po­rate pow­ers and work­ing to­ward a healthy planet. Worth it, es­pe­cially if you’ve never heard him. Lo­ca­tion tba, June 23, 7 pm. From $54.95. Reg­is­ter at 416-964-0011, www.learningan­nex.ca.

Peace rite

How to mark an an­niver­sary as tragic as the bomb­ing of Hiroshima 60 years ago this Au­gust? Gather in the Peace Gar

den at City Hall for a lan­tern cer­e­mony, words from sur­vivors and re­minders that nu­clear weapons are still a men­ace. Au­gust 6, Nathan Phillips Square. Con­tact Mike at 416-463-9163.

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